Academic journal article Journal of Psychology and Christianity

Jesus According to the Earliest Witnesses

Academic journal article Journal of Psychology and Christianity

Jesus According to the Earliest Witnesses

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JESUS ACCORDING TO THE EARLIEST WITNESSES. James M. Robinson. Minneapolis, MN: Fortress, 2007. Pp. 258 + xiii, pb, $25.00. Reviewed by J. Harold Ellens.

Lately we have seen much good work from James M. Robinson, translating for popular reading in our churches, the esoteric knowledge gained from study of the original texts of the Bible, the Dead Sea Scrolls, and the Nag Hammadi papyri. This volume is another such contribution of great interest and relevance to the professional scholar and the non-professional Christian reader alike. Stephen J. Patterson, Professor of NT at Eden Seminary took account of this when he wrote,

"Over the years perhaps no one has reflected more sensitively and insightfully on the significance of Q for our understanding of earliest Christianity than James M. Robinson. This volume collects the best of Robinson on Q ... a series of classic essays by one of this generation's most creative minds. In these essays Robinson exhibits the broad-ranging historical exegesis for which he is so well-known, but also, with surprising candor, lays out what he thinks it all means and why it is so important to listen to the earliest remembered voice of Jesus."

Jesus According to the Earliest Witnesses has an Introduction, 11 chapters, and an Appendix containing The Sayings Gospel Q in English. Chapter 11 is Professor Robinson's very interesting Theological Autobiography. The book is rounded out with a good index. Chapters 1-10 present essays on the Critical Edition of Q and the Study of Jesus, Jesus from easter to Valentinus or the Apostles Creed, The real Jesus of the Sayings Gospel Q, Very Goddess and Very Man: Jesus' Better Self, The Son of Man in the sayings Gospel Q, Jesus' Theology in the Sayings Gospel Q, What Jesus Had to Say, The Jesus of Q as Liberation Theologian, The Image of Jesus in Q, and The Q Trajectory: Between John and Matthew via Jesus. …

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