Jesus, a Jewish Galilean: A New Reading of the Jesus Story
By: Sean Freyne (author)Paperback
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In his latest book, Sean Freyne draws on his detailed knowledge of Galilean society in the Roman period, based on both literary and archaeological sources, to give a fresh and provocative reading of the Jesus story within its Galilean setting. Jesus, a Jewish Galilean focuses on the religious as well as the social and political environment and examines the ways in which the Jewish religious experience had expressed itself in Galilee. It considers the ways in which the Jewish tradition in both the Pentateuch and the Prophets had constructed notions of an ideal Galilee. These provided the raw material for Jesus' own response to the issues of the day, from which he fashioned his own distinctive views of Israel's restoration and his own role in that project. Although Freyne is in touch with all recent scholarship about the historical Jesus, he brings his own distinctive take on the issues both with regard to Galilean society and Jesus' grounding in his own religious tradition. His Jesus is both Jewish and yet distinctive in his concerns and the ways in which he responds to the ecological, social and religious issues of his own time and place.
Freyne seeks to retrieve the theological importance of Jesus' own message, something that has been lost sight of in the trend to present him primarily as a social reformer, while acknowledging the dangers of modernizing Jesus.
Sean Freyne is the Director of the joint programme for Mediterranean and Near Eastern Studies at Trinity College, Dublin. He is the author of six books and numerous articles on Ancient Galilee, the Gospels and Early Christianity.
Preface; Chapter 1: Jesus, Jews and Galilee: introducing the issues; 1) The Gospels and the Historical Jesus; a) Galilee and Jesus; b) The Contribution of Archaeology; c) Outlining the Approach; Chapter 2: Jesus and the Ecology of Galilee; 1) Ecological Factors and Human Culture; a) The Ecology of the Promised Land; b) Prophets and the Natural Environment; c) Wisdom and Creation; 2) Jesus and the Micro-ecologies of Galilee; a) From the Desert to Lower Galilee; b) From Nazareth to Caphernaum; c) The Surrounding Region of Galilee; Chapter 3: Stories of Conquest and Settlements; 1) Galilee and the Twelve-tribe League; a) The Blessings of the Tribes; b) Contrasting Images of All Israel; 2) Galilee and the Conquest Narratives; a) Failures of the Tribes; b) Canaanite Cities and the Allotted Land; 3) Jesus and Israelite Galilee; a) Jesus and the Land Remaining; b) Welcome for Canaanites?; c) On the Borders of Tyre; Chapter Four: Zion Beckons; 1) Jerusalem as Centre; 2) Isaiah and Zion; a) The Nations and the Restoration of Israel; b) Mother Zion; c) The Servant Community of Zion; 3) Jesus and Zion in Isaian Perspective; Chapter 5: Confronting the Challenges of Empire; 1) Judean Response to Greek and Roman; Imperialism; a) Opposing the Great King; b) The Wise Ones; c) Pharisees, Sadducees and Essenes; 2) Jesus and Roman Imperial Values in Galilee; a) Jesus and the Kingdom of God; b) Apocalyptic Imagination and a Values Revolution; c) Confronting Roman Power; d) God or Caesar? Chapter 6: Death in Jerusalem; 1) Jesus and the Temple; a) Renewal not Reform; b) The Temple in an Eschatological Setting; 2) A Martyr's Death; a) A Prophetic Forerunner? b) Understanding Jesus' Death; Epilogue: Return to Galilee; Notes; Bibliography
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