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The Jewish Jesus and the Christian Christ

Richard Harries

in After the Evil

Published in print July 2003 | ISBN: 9780199263134
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191600616 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0199263132.003.0011
The Jewish Jesus and the Christian Christ

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One of the encouraging features of recent scholarship has been the recovery of Jesus as a Jew, work particularly associated with Geza Vermes. Christians as well as Jews now see Jesus as fully Jewish in his Jewish context. But what is there in the life and teaching of Jesus that might make a valid foundation for claims made later in the New Testament about his divine status, claims developed in the doctrines of the church? Even if, from a Christian point of view, one believes that there is such a foundation, Jesus himself emphasized that ultimate salvation depends upon doing the will of the Father, an emphasis on action rather than belief entirely in accord with Judaism itself.

Keywords: divine status; doing the will; Jesus; Jewish context; Geza Vermes

Chapter.  5585 words. 

Subjects: Religious Studies

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