Beyond the Passion: Rethinking the Death and Life of Jesus

Beyond the Passion: Rethinking the Death and Life of Jesus

Beyond the Passion: Rethinking the Death and Life of Jesus

Beyond the Passion: Rethinking the Death and Life of Jesus

Synopsis

"In this work, Patterson challenges basic assumptions about how Christians in the West have interpreted Jesus' death. He emphasizes the importance of Jesus' life in relation to his death and resurrection. And he challenges individualistic notions of how Jesus' death relates to Christian ethics." Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved

Excerpt

Is Jesus dead? It ought to have been a simple question. Jesus lived— and died—almost two thousand years ago. He was executed by the Roman governor of Palestine in about the year 35 C.E. Of course he is dead. He is not alive somewhere today, living incognito in the south of France. We will not be spotting Jesus ordering a hamburger in a McDonald's restaurant in Nairobi. He is a figure of the past. He is dead.

Yet if someone were to ask this simple question today, many would find it difficult to answer with a simple yes or no. One might not even have to be a Christian for the question to sound slightly odd. Christian or not, just about everyone associates the name of Jesus with claims of resurrection. For believers, merely to entertain the thought “Is Jesus dead?” will be more than a little discomfiting—a flirtation, even, with blasphemy. Could he be dead? Certainly not! “Jesus is alive!” we Christians say. “God raised him from the dead!” Then he is alive? With a little thought, questions arise. If we say Jesus is alive, in what sense precisely do we imagine this to be true? Might we expect to spot him ordering a hamburger in a McDonald's? A silly thought; Jesus is not Elvis. Many believers might say that Jesus is alive, but in . . .

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