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Overview The return of the apocalyptic Jesus! Echoing themes from Albert Schweitzer, Allison attacks the current "wise teacher" portraits, offers a full-length treatment of Jesus' asceticism, suggests ways to establish the "authenticity" of Jesus' words, and brings out a host of fascinating cross-cultural parallels.
Publishers Description Dale Allison's clearly written Jesus of Nazareth will enable people who have followed recent discussions to vindicate and reclaim the central religious signficance of the historical Jesus. Allison makes a creative contribution to Jesus studies in several ways: -- He offers new suggestions for establishing the authenticity of Jesus' words -- including what he calls "the index of intertextual linkage" -- and for the process of framing a convincing picture of the central thrust and purpose of the activity of Jesus. -- Referring to fascinating cross-cultural millenarian parallels, he shows that the impetus for the pre-Easter Jesus movement was apocalyptic in nature and that the historical Jesus can best be understood as an eschatological prophet. -- He presents the first full-length treatment of the question of Jesus and asceticism and shows that Jesus, far from the image suggested by some today, was driven by an apocalyptic asceticism that extended to matters of sex, food, and social relations.
Awards and Recognitions JESUS OF NAZARETH by Dale C. Allison, Jr. has received the following awards and recognitions -
Book of the Year - 1999 Winner - Top 10 category
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 9.1" Width: 6.02" Height: 0.65" Weight: 0.8 lbs.
Release Date Nov 20, 1998
Publisher Augsburg Fortress Publishers
ISBN 0800631447 ISBN13 9780800631444
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More About Dale C. Allison, Jr.
Dale C. Allison Jr. (Ph.D., Duke University) is the Errett M. Grable Professor of New Testament and Early Christianity at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary. He is the author (with W. D. Davies) of the three-volume work on Matthew in the International Critical Commentary series. His other works include "Jesus of Nazareth: Millenarian Prophet "and "The Intertextual Jesus."
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Jesus was not a prophet. Dec 26, 2006
Jesus was not a prophet.
John 4:44 (Now Jesus himself had pointed out that a prophet has no honor in his own country.)
A man who was merely a man and said the sort of things Jesus said would not be a great moral teacher. He would either be a lunatic--on the level with a man who says he is a poached egg--or he would be the devil of hell. You must take your choice.
Either this was, and is, the Son of God, or else a madman or something worse.
You can shut him up for a fool or you can fall at his feet and call him Lord and God.
But let us not come with any patronizing nonsense about his being a great human teacher. He has not left that open to us.
If, when Jesus made His claims, He knew that He was not God, then He was lying and deliberately deceiving His followers.
But if He was a liar, then He was also a hypocrite because He told others to be honest, whatever the cost, while He himself taught and lived a colossal lie.
More than that, He was a demon, because He told others to trust Him for their eternal destiny.
If He couldn't back up His claims and knew it, then He was unspeakably evil. Last, He would also be a fool because it was His claims to being God that led to His crucifixion.
Many will say that Jesus was a good moral teacher.
Let's be realistic. How could He be a great moral teacher and knowingly mislead people at the most important point of His teaching His own identity?
You would have to conclude logically that He was a deliberate liar.
not for a general reader Nov 11, 2005
This is a very scholarly book (footnotes sometimes take up the majority of a page) that is intended to impress the author's fellow scholars. I have read a few books and know what "Q" is and so forth, but the author tosses around other scholar's names and obscure cults with no explanation or background. The overall outcome of all this scholarly activity is to conclude in the last few pages that Jesus was not "a party animal." Oh. The scholarship may be first rate, but this will not be useful to the general reader who is interested in an overview of the issues and current thinking.
Jesus of Nazareth: Prophet of the End Times May 8, 2005
In reading the Gospels, it's hard not to come to the conclusion that Jesus was an eschatological prophet. He preached the coming end of the world and the need for repentance in the facing of the coming judgment.
Recently, a number of scholars (such as D. Crossan, M. Borg and S. Patterson) have argued that these eschatological elements of the Gospels were not part of Jesus' teachings but were added by the later church. Dale Allison (who is a professor of New Testament at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary) makes short work of their arguments in this important contribution to Jesus studies.
According to Allison, Jesus likely believed in what is today called millennialism -- a long period of time in which mankind would experience "heaven on earth." Jesus taught that a millennial kingdom would shortly arrive and this would involve a constellation of other events, such as the gathering of the twelve tribes, a time of tribulation and the resurrection of the dead. Allison also discusses various millennial movements throughout history and relates them to Jesus' teaching.
Allison believes that Jesus expected these events to take place shortly, probably in his lifetime. Since this didn't happen, Allison appears to think that Jesus was in error. Unfortunately he doesn't engage those texts which suggest a contrary interpretation, such as Mark 13:32. As Allison himself argued in his article "Eschatology" in the 1992 work DICTIONARY OF JESUS AND THE GOSPELS, "Jesus' expectations were probably more contingent and indeterminate than many have supposed." (p. 207.) It is certainly possible that Jesus believed that his coming inaugurated "the end," but the actual timing of the events which constitute the end was unknown.
The final chapter is entitled "Jesus the Millenarian Ascetic." Although a welcome corrective to the "Jesus the party animal" approach common today, it goes somewhat beyond the evidence.
The kingdom of God is at hand -- not! Oct 30, 2004
I often tell people that if there is one book to read about Jesus, this is it. Dale Allison develops Schweitzer's apocalyptic prophet in view of millenarian movements, outlining 19 characteristics shared by apocalyptic groups and cargo cults -- all of which happen to fit the Jesus movement like a glove. He gets Crossan out of the way in chapter one (not a difficult task), and then explains the advantages of Sanders over Borg. Mistaken prophecies like the temple's destruction and replacement ("in three days"), and Judas Iscariot's reign over one of the twelve tribes of Israel, point to authenticity. Against Caird and Wright, the author shows that Jesus' apocalyptic language, about which he was wrong, was intended literally. He locates Jesus as an ascetic (a celibate), a notion many people find as unattractive as eschatology. Allison concludes: "Jesus was the millenarian prophet of judgment, the embodiment of the divine discontent that rolls through all things; the prophet of consolation and hope who proclaimed the last would be first, making the best of a bad situation. But his generation passed away, and they all tasted death. Like all apocalyptic prophets, he was wrong; reality took no notice of his imagination." This is Schweitzer's legacy, and those who fight it are swimming against the tide.
The author doesn't mean to imply that Jesus was wrong about everything. There's wheat and chaff in anyone's religion. Jesus empowered people socially while misleading them eschatologically. He was wrong about the apocalypse, but perhaps for the right reasons, wanting God to defeat evil, redeem the world, and hold humanity responsible. This is one of the few studies that allows Jesus his human inconsistencies and failings, and for that reason alone convinces.
One of the best of the Historical Jesus genre Mar 10, 2004
Surprisingly well-written argument in which Allison cogently defends the position that Jesus of Nazareth was an apocalyptic prophet. If you are new to Historical Jesus studies, I would recommend reading Bart Ehrman's "Jesus: Apocalyptic Prophet of the New Millenium" before tackling this one; it serves as an excellent introduction for the novice.