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Jesus' Baptism and Jesus' Healing [Paperback]

By Bruce Chilton (Author)
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How do you describe the spitituality of the historical Jesus without making him a purveyor of general wisdom, marginalizing his Jewishness, or speculating on his inner life? Bruce Chilton shows us how in this fascinating study that draws on his expert knowledge of Jesus' Jewish milieu to focus on Jesus' concrete practices of baptism and healing and their significance within the system of purity. Any serious student of Christian origins needs to graple with this book's thesis.

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Within the environment of the Judaism of his day, Jesus practiced a unique understanding of purity grounded in his eschatological vision of how God was acting to gather his people. But Jesus practice was not only a matter of getting people to see God in the same way as he did. He also acted directly to put his own view of purity into effect, declaring clean what earlier had been considered unclean. This was already a concern in the ministry of John the baptizer, and it is apparent now that Jesus too was moved by the prospect of the purification of all Israel. The politics of Herod Antipas within Imperial Rome had made John s program appear seditious, and Jesus needed to be aware of this. In addition, John had conceived of God as preparing a pure people by means of immersion, but Jesus saw the people of his Galilee already pure and ready for the disclosure of a kingdom they could already celebrate. This is what caused Jesus to stop baptizing people as he had once done as John s disciple and to begin a dedicated ministry of healing based on his awareness of the Spirit within him, an awareness that emerges as a major concern of this book. A final portion of the book studies how baptism within the earliest church emerged as a celebration of the Spirit of God. "An innovative perception of how a rite of purity might be understood when set over against its manifold historical contexts: religious, sociological, historical, political, and anthropological." Scot McKnight, North Park University Bruce Chilton, New Testament and Judaic scholar, is Bernard Iddings Bell Professor of Religion at Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, NY.

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Studio: Continuum
Pages   148
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 7.19" Width: 4.72" Height: 0.4"
Weight:   0.2 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Oct 1, 1998
Publisher   Trinity Press
ISBN  1563382482  
ISBN13  9781563382482  

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BRUCE CHILTON is the Bernard Iddings Bell Professor of Religion at Bard College in Annandale-on-Hudson and priest at the Free Church of Saint John in Barrytown, New York. He is the author of many scholarly articles and books, including the widely acclaimed Rabbi Jesus.

Bruce Chilton has an academic affiliation as follows - Bard College, New York Bard College, USA Bard College, USA Bard Colleg.

Bruce Chilton has published or released items in the following series...
  1. Christianity and Judaism, the Formative Categories
  2. Fortress Introductions
  3. Signet Classics
  4. Studying the Historical Jesus

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