Hijacking Jesus. "The Cambridge Companion to Jesus", by Markus Bockmuehl (ed). [review]
Cadwallader, Alan Harold
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In this volume, seventeen scholars contribute to a companion that is intended to ‘provide an accessible and stimulating introduction to the subject for new readers and non-specialists’. Conscious that perspective and methodology should no longer be mystified, the editor has divided the collection into two parts. The first provides up-to-date critical reviews of the historical evidence for Jesus, all of which operate largely from a desire to reposition Jesus in a first century Jewish context. Jesus as Jew has become the historical commitment: itself a contemporary concern for a church living in the shadow of Auschwitz. Even so, the concern remains to identify this Jesus in and from the four gospels of the Christian canon. The second recognises that the resources for completing the work in the first part of the book are themselves tendentious documents, just as those who work with the stories of Jesus are not without their own interests. This provides warrant for pursuing a broader sweep of the various appropriations of the Jesus story in theology, piety, mission and inter-faith connections.