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Author Moxnes, Halvor
Title Jesus and the rise of nationalism : a new quest for the nineteenth-century historical Jesus / Halvor Moxnes
Imprint London ; New York : I.B. Tauris, 2012
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Descript xi, 270 p. ; 24 cm
Note Includes bibliographical references (p. [239]-258) and indexes
Jesus and modern identities -- Writing a biography of Jesus in an age of nationalism -- Holy land as homeland : the nineteenth-century landscape of Jesus -- Imagining a nation : Schleiermacher's Jesus as teacher to the nation -- A protestant nation : D. F. Strauss and Jesus for the 'German people' -- 'Familiar and foreign' : Life of Jesus in the orientalism of Renan -- The manly nation : moral landscape and national character in George Adam Smith's The historical geography of the Holy Land -- Jesus beyond nationalism : imagining a post-national world
The great German theologian Albert Schweitzer famously drew a line under 19th century historical Jesus research by showing that at the bottom of the well lay not the face of Joseph's son, but rather the features of all the New Testament scholars who had tried to reveal his elusive essence. In his thoughtful and provocative new book, Halvor Moxnes takes Schweitzer's observation much further: the doomed 'quest for the historical Jesus' was determined not only by the different personalities of the seekers who undertook it, but also by the social, cultural and political agendas of the countries from which their presentations emerged. Thus, Friedrich Schleiermacher's Jesus was a teacher, corresponding with the role German teachers played in Germany's movement for democratic socialism. Ernst Renan's Jesus was by contrast an attempt to represent the 'positive Orient' as a precursor to the civilized self of his own French society. Scottish theologian G. A. Smith demonstrated in his manly portrayal of Jesus a distinctively British liberalism and Victorian moralism. Moxnes argues that one cannot understand any 'life of Jesus' apart from nationalism and national identity: and that what is needed in modern biblical studies is an awareness of all the presuppositions that underlie presentations of Jesus, whether in terms of power, gender, sex and class. Only then, he says, can we start to look at Jesus in a way that does him justice
Subject Jesus Christ -- Biography -- History and criticism
Jesus Christ -- Historicity -- History of doctrines -- 19th century
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