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2.0 out of 5 stars Does a good job of showing Jesus did deal with apocalyptic ideas but misses the point of the Gospels and Jesus' life., 6 Jun 2010
This review is from: JESUS OF NAZARETH: Millenarian Prophet (Paperback)
Clearly the author is very learned and has a vast base of knowledge and literature to draw from. Well argued and backed up, the book proves that Jesus did indeed proclaim the coming Kingdom of God and the end of the old world. These ideas have been dismissed by some academics and (more worryingly) theologians. Unfortunately Allison fails to see the real theme and purpose of the New Testament and Jesus' life/death. Indeed, the resurrection is dismissed out of hand. No mention is made of the uniting theme that runs through all books of the New Testament, that of Jesus as a devoted servant of God, who suffered and was executed for his faith and love of Mankind and was then raised to new life in God. Also, 'Q' seems to be accepted by the author as an actual document rather than an unproved hypothesis. Paul was not the founder of modern Christianity but one of the key figures amongst the communities who knew Jesus to be the risen Christ.
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Initial post: 25 Jun 2011 14:11:40 BDT
Last edited by the author on 25 Jun 2011 15:14:36 BDT
Jesus was "executed for his faith and love of Mankind"? I realise you have a faith-based aversion to any attempt to extract history from what are essentially theological scriptures but the plaque that was attached to Jesus's cross clearly stated the offence for which he was executed. When you were executed by the Romans your offence was always displayed on a notice attached to your person or nailed to your cross. So most likely we have here a nugget of history that the gospel writers did not see fit to expunge from the record. Jesus was executed for the same reason as John The Baptist: he was perceived to be a political nuisance and a danger to the establishment.

Whilst you are correct in stating that the existence of the Q document or gospel is an unproven hypothesis, the application of the Occam's Razor principle makes it the hypothesis that most economically and persuasively explains the similarities in Matthew and Luke which is why most NT scholars accept it. It is most unlikely the gospels suddenly sprang into being without antecedants such as Q but unless the Egyptian desert provides some sensational surprises for us their existence will always remain hyothetical.
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