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The Illegitimacy of Jesus (Expanded 20th Anniversary Edition) [Hardcover]

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This work of impeccable New Testament scholarship was a sensation when it was first published in 1987. Jane Schaberg argued that Matthew and Luke were aware that Jesus had been conceived illegitimately, probably as a result of a rape of Mary, and had left in their Gospels some hints of that knowledge, even though their main purpose was to explore the theological significance of Jesus' birth. By having the Messiah born out of the exploitation of a woman of the poor, God demonstrates the vindication of the oppressed in a truly miraculous manner. Exegetical precision, theological passion, and an exquisite prose style are combined in this landmark book, whose importance is yet to be fully recognized. Perhaps not surprisingly, the book and its author were vilified, even though scholarly reviewers found much to praise in it, and it still features on many classroom reading lists. For this Anniversary Edition, we have added Schaberg's own disturbing account of the reception of the book, and two extensive responses--one respectfully dissenting, one fully supportive--from other New Testament scholars.

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Pages   332
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9.2" Width: 6.4" Height: 1.3"
Weight:   1.3 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Oct 17, 2006
Publisher   Sheffield Phoenix Press Ltd
ISBN  1905048831  
ISBN13  9781905048830  

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She has got balls  Mar 17, 2007
Loved this book. Compared to Catholic wafflers like Raymond Brown and Luke Johnson, she stands head and shoulders above them in terms of scholarship and intellectual honesty. Of course, Jesus had a biological father. Of course the gospel writers knew that. They were anti pagans, anti Zeus and anti Apollo. They were Jews coming from the Old Testament tradition. No virgin births in Hebrew scriptures. What's more there was no need to invent it either. The Church did that for us. Schaberg takes her feminism over the edge in portraying Mary as simply an innocent victim. It's clear from the gospels that she didn't believe her son was anyone special. Maybe he reminded her of the father...but it's a stretch to suggest she was raped. Better to concentrate on identifying the biological father, so we can unravel the rest of Jesus' life. Schaberg insists that we can not know who the father was. But, there must have been thousands of people alive at the time who knew who it was. Is there no convincing tradition anywhere about that? I would think so. And the best place to start looking would be in the Vatican library. They will never let Jane Schaberg inside, that's for sure.

Mark Gibbs
Author, The Virgin and The Priest

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