- Tapa dura: 1134 páginas
- Editor: Yale University Press (1 de noviembre de 1994)
- Colección: The Anchor Yale Bible Reference Library
- Idioma: Inglés
- ISBN-10: 0300140339
- ISBN-13: 978-0300140330
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A Marginal Jew: Rethinking the Historical Jesus, Volume II: Mentor, Message, and Miracles: Mentor, Message and Miracles v. 2 (The Anchor Yale Bible Reference Library) (Inglés) Tapa dura – 1 nov 1994
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This book is the second volume in John Meier's masterful trilogy on the life of Jesus. In it he continues his quest for the answer to the greatest puzzle of modern religious scholarship: Who was Jesus? To answer this Meier imagines the following scenario: "Suppose that a Catholic, a Protestant, a Jew, and an agnostic were locked up in the bowels of the Harvard Divinity School library...and not allowed to emerge until they had hammered out a consensus document on who Jesus of Nazareth was and what he intended...". A Marginal Jew is what Meier thinks that document would reveal. Volume one concluded with Jesus approaching adulthood. Now, in this volume, Meier focuses on the Jesus of our memory and the development of his ministry. To begin, Meier identifies Jesus's mentor, the one person who had the greatest single influence on him, John the Baptist. All of the Baptist's fiery talk about the end of time had a powerful effect on the young Jesus and the formulation of his key symbol of the coming of the "kingdom of God." And, finally, we are given a full investigation of one of the most striking manifestations of Jesus's message: Jesus's practice of exorcisms, hearings, and other miracles. In all, Meier brings to life the story of a man, Jesus, who by his life and teaching gradually made himself marginal even to the marginal society that was first century Palestine.
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I put off reading it because I was daunted by John P. Meier's erudition and the proposed length of the series (five volumes) as I am a general reader who has only done a little reading on the historical Jesus.
Surprisingly, it turns out, the language is accessible and the content understandable for the layperson (with a little background knowledge). This is due in no small part to Mr. Meier's avoidance of too much technical jargon, and his systematic organization and presentation of what historians can reasonably say about the subject, given "the fragmentary nature of the sources, and the indirect nature of the arguments". (It also helps that Mr. Meier puts the more technical aspects of his arguments in the extensive notes at the end of each chapter, allowing the reader to choose to read them or not.)
I would highly recommend it to anyone who wants to read the first volume of a comprehensive treatment of the Jesus of history (not the Jesus of faith).
The scarcity of the evidence can at first be discouraging, but Fr. Meier takes us through the centuries of scholarship and the best available modern evidence to paint us a picture of the young son of Mary and Joseph. Faithless and faithful alike may be unhappy with Meier's conclusions, but his arguments are well-researched and presented. You can read the text and skip the chapter endnotes for a decent academic presentation, or you can delve into the notes and branch off into the cutting edge discussion on the Jesus of history.
Most interesting to me was the fact that the book bears the Imprimatur of Bp. Sheridan, but does not have the Nihil Obstat, or the approval of the Church's censor office. Normally the two go together. Fr. Meier's message may not be popular among modern Christians, Catholic or otherwise, but he's not been censured either. It's a testimony the the impeccability of his scholarship and the validity of his message: The historical Jesus is not the Jesus of faith. He is also not the "real" Jesus, irrecoverable now after 2000 years. He is simply the Jesus that we can recover from "purely historical sources and arguments."
Make no mistake; this is a work of genuine scholarship by a university professor - not some book of pop pseudo-science or conspiracy theory, such as Holy Blood, Holy Grail. As such, the casual reader MAY find it a bit dry; it is heavily footnoted and Meier makes reference to all the previous researchers in the same field. However, if you are fascinated by the subject-matter (as I am) it is a genuine page-turner. Although it is listed as being 496 pages long, in reality it is much shorter than that as a lot of the book is taken up by supplementary material - such as footnotes - which I simply skipped.
This is the first volume of an ongoing series of books, and they arrive at an important time. As is often pointed out, most "scholarly" works on Jesus or Christianity (such as Albert Schweitzer's, or the recent disappointing work by Harold Bloom) approach the subject with an openly hostile attitude; they write from emotion and not from fact, rendering their "non-fictional" works unattractive and unconvincing. Now - with the Da Vinci Code movie opening shortly - people are willing to believe just about anything. How refreshing then is it for Meier to try to tackle the problem without seeking to AFFIRM OR DENY anyone's faith! The result is sure to offend fundamentalists and atheists alike, but it is surely a fascinating read.
If you are looking for the Historical Jesus and enjoy probing the many sources and viewpoints presented by the author, then this is the book for you.
It is huge!