The historicity of Jesus is now widely accepted and hardly questioned by most scholars. But this assumption disarms biblical texts of much of their power by privileging an historical interpretation which effectively sweeps aside much theological speculation and allusion. Furthermore, the assumption of historicity gathers further assumptions to it, shaping the interpretation of texts, both denying and adding subtext. Scholars are now faced with an endless array of works on the historical Jesus and few question what has been lost through this wide-spread assumption of historicity. Is This Not the Carpenter? presents a very valuable corrective: a literary rereading of the New Testament.
Table of Contents
I. Into the Well of Historical Jesus Scholarship, II. Paul and Early Christianity: Historical and Exegetical Investigations, Part III The Rewritten Bible and the Life of Jesus
Thomas L. Thompson is Professor emeritus, University of Copenhagen.
Thomas S. Verenna is an independent researcher and student at Rutgers University.