Book cover notice: Jesus and the Chaos of History

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November 13, 2014 by James Crossley

Here is the cover for Jesus and the Chaos of History: Redirecting the Life of the Historical Jesus (OUP, February 2015):

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Here is the Table of Contents:

Introduction
1. Does Jesus Plus Paul Equal Marx Plus Lenin? Re-directing the Historical Jesus
2. Criteria, Historicity, and the Earliest Palestinian Tradition
3. The Dictatorship of God? Kingdom and Christology
4. ‘Sinners’, Law, and Purity
5. Camping with Jesus? Gender, Revolution, and Early Palestinian Tradition
An Irrelevant Conclusion

Here is the summary:

In Jesus and the Chaos of History, James Crossley looks at the way the earliest traditions about Jesus interacted with a context of social upheaval and the ways in which this historical chaos of the early first century led to a range of ideas which were taken up, modified, ignored, and reinterpreted in the movement that followed. Crossley examines how the earliest Palestinian tradition intersected with social upheaval and historical change and how accidental, purposeful, discontinuous, contradictory, and implicit meanings in the developments of ideas appeared in the movement that followed. He considers the ways seemingly egalitarian and countercultural ideas co-exist with ideas of dominance and power and how human reactions to socio-economic inequalities can end up mimicking dominant power. In this case, the book analyzes how a Galilean “protest” movement laid the foundations for its own brand of imperial rule. This evaluation is carried out in detailed studies on the kingdom of God and “Christology,” “sinners” and purity, and gender and revolution.

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3 thoughts on “Book cover notice: Jesus and the Chaos of History

  1. Robert says:

    Sounds like a very interesting book!

    Liked by 1 person

  2. Moshe says:

    Where is that image from? Is it an piece of public art? Very nice.

    M.

    Like

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