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Jesus’ Charismatic Authority: On the Historical Applicability of a Sociological Model

Pierluigi Piovanelli

in Journal of the American Academy of Religion

Published on behalf of American Academy of Religion

Volume 73, issue 2, pages 395-427
Published in print June 2005 | ISSN: 0002-7189
Published online June 2005 | e-ISSN: 1477-4585 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/jaarel/lfi041
Jesus’ Charismatic Authority: On the Historical Applicability of a Sociological Model

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In contemporary historical Jesus studies some scholars apply to the religious leader from Nazareth the features of the charismatic ideal-type originally elaborated by Max Weber. Other specialists prefer to have recourse to an alternative model, a reputational one. The aim of the present essay is to survey some recent neo-Weberian researches on charismatic leadership in the fields of political and managerial sciences. These new approaches dramatically reshaped the contours of the original model. As for the charismatic leader sociologists emphasize more and more his or her ability to communicate the vision and to empower the followers. It is indisputable that Jesus’ authority has many points in common with these newly proposed definitions of charismatic leadership. The existence of such parallels confirms the validity of the charismatic heuristic model for the study of the historical Jesus.

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Subjects: Religious Studies

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