New PDF release: Jesus and Magic: Freeing the Gospel Stories from Modern

By Richard A. Horsley

ISBN-10: 1498201725

ISBN-13: 9781498201728

ISBN-10: 1498222684

ISBN-13: 9781498222686

It has develop into normal in sleek interpretation to claim that Jesus played miracles, or even mainline scholarly interpreters classify Jesus's healings and exorcisms as miracles. a few extremely popular students have argued, extra provocatively, that the healings and exorcisms have been magic, and that Jesus was once a magician.

As Richard Horsley issues out, if we make a serious comparability among glossy interpretation of Jesus's therapeutic and exorcism, at the one hand, and the Gospel tales and different old texts, nevertheless, it turns into transparent that the miracle and magic are smooth options, items of Enlightenment thinking.

Jesus and Magic asserts that Gospel tales do not need the suggestions of miracle and magic. What students developed as magic seems to were ritual practices resembling songs (incantations), drugs (potions), and appeals to better powers for protection.

Horsley deals a severe interpreting of the therapeutic and exorcism episodes within the Gospel tales. This examining finds a dynamic courting among Jesus the healer, the belief of these coming for therapeutic, and their help networks in neighborhood groups. Horsley's studying of the Gospel tales supplies very little indication of divine intervention. quite, the therapeutic and exorcism tales painting healings and exorcisms.

"A superb rethinking and reframing of proof that powerfully demanding situations a few long-held assumptions in NT scholarship. no longer all students will consider each aspect yet Horsley persuasively indicates that the trendy use of 'miracle' and 'magic' replicate the postbiblical background of these phrases, and this paintings definitely lays to relaxation the thesis of 'Jesus the magician.'"
--Craig S. Keener, Asbury Theological Seminary

"Jesus was once no 'miracle-worker' or 'magician' yet a healer who encountered rankings of the sick and the spirit-possessed, welcomed their belief in his energy to heal, and mediating God's therapeutic energy, reintegrated them into society. His healings and exorcisms have been perceived by means of his fans as manifestations of the direct rule of God in human neighborhood and key potential for the renewal of Israel against the Jerusalem institution. A needs to learn for Bible translators and interpreters, in addition to an eye-opener for college students, preachers, and common readers."
--John H. Elliott, collage of San Francisco

"Horsley demanding situations the conventional knowing of Jesus's task as miracles and/or magic. as a substitute, he argues convincingly for a relational and contextual method of interpreting the figures and scenes within the gospel therapeutic and exorcism tales approximately Jesus. They make experience in basic terms within the concrete sociocultural context of Roman Palestine and Israelite culture. this is often Horsley at his severe best."
--John J. Pilch, Johns Hopkins University

Richard Horsley, Professor Emeritus at collage of Massachusetts Boston, is writer of various books on Paul, at the Gospels, and at the old Jesus, together with Jesus and Empire (2003) Jesus and the Powers (2011) and, extra lately, textual content and culture in functionality and Writing (Cascade Books, 2013).

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