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Jesus Beyond Nationalism
Constructing the Historical Jesus in a Period of Cultural Complexity

ISBN 9781845534110
Published August 8, 2014 by Routledge
256 Pages

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Book Description

The study of Jesus has rarely looked at its own scholarly context, at how the representation of Jesus might be shaped by those who study him. 'Jesus beyond Nationalism' examines how - since the beginnings of historical Jesus studies in the nineteenth century - representations of Jesus have been used to promote hegemonic or mono-cultural views. The ideology behind such representation has operated to deny difference in society, difference in terms of race, ethnicity, gender, and sexuality. Examining depictions of Jesus in a range of contexts - from the Russian Christ and Jesus as 'Holy Anarchist' to Jesus in Muslim thought - Jesus Beyond Nationalism reveals the politics behind the ways in which Jesus has been constructed and presented.

Table of Contents

1. Ward Blanton, James G. Crossley, and Halvor Moxnes Introduction2. Thomas Hylland Eriksen (CULCOM, Oslo, Norway) What is Cultural Complexity?3. Halvor Moxnes What is it to Write a Biography of Jesus? Schleiermacher's Life of Jesus and 19th Century Nationalism4. Peter Normann Waage Dostoyevsky and the Russian Christ6. Ward Blanton Albert Schweitzer's Apocalyptic Jesus and the End of Modernity7. Leif E. Vaage (Emmanuel College, Victoria University, Toronto) Beyond Nationalism: Jesus the 'Holy Anarchist'? Or: The Cynic Jesus as Eternal Recurrence of the Repressed8. William E. Arnal (University of Regina, Canada) Jesus as Battleground in a Period of Cultural Complexity 9. James G. Crossley Jesus the Jew since 196710. OddbjA rn Leirvik (University of Oslo) Jesus in Modern Muslim Thought: From Anti-colonial Polemics to Post-colonial Dialogue?

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Ward Blanton is Senior Lecturer in the School of Critical Studies at the University of Glasgow. James G. Crossley is Professor of Bible, Culture and Politics in the Department of Biblical Studies at the University of Sheffield. Halvor Moxnes is Professor in New Testament at the University of Oslo, Norway.