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Jesus Before Christianity. Ch. 3-5. Overview: What Nolan is doing. Method: know historical Jesus by looking at his intentions and choices Choice 1: Baptized by John Choice 2: identified with the poor and oppressed Social outcasts, “sinners”, the disgraced

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Jesus Before Christianity

Ch. 3-5


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Overview: What Nolan is doing

  • Method: know historical Jesus by looking at his intentions and choices

    • Choice 1: Baptized by John

    • Choice 2: identified with the poor and oppressed

      • Social outcasts, “sinners”, the disgraced

      • Jesus moved with compassion = suffering with

  • Method: Start with Jesus’ actions (praxis), go to his preaching, return to our praxis


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Illness

  • Illness in ancient world

    • Had spiritual cause (demons)

    • Viewed as punishment for sin

    • Could be excluded from synagogue (meeting place)

      • Ritually unclean


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Praxis: Miracles of Healing

  • Miracle

    • Definition 1: interruption of natural order

    • Definition 2: a wonder of God

  • Types of healing

    • From disease

    • From demonic possession (exorcism)

    • From oppression: what had made these people social outcasts

  • Purpose of healing miracles

    • Show what God’s salvation is: compassion, liberate from suffering, bring into God’s kingdom


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Praxis: Meals

  • Jesus’ time: rules against mixing

    • Socials groups

    • Rituals, crops, fabric, etc.

  • Jesus breaks rules

    • New community

    • Eats with Pharisees and sinners

    • Offers forgiveness

    • His meals are characterized by joy, feasting


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For next time

  • What did Jesus preach?

  • How did he talk about the Kingdom of God?

  • Why is this “good news”?

  • How did his preaching reinforce his praxis?


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