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A Marginal Jew: Rethinking the Historical Jesus, Volume IV - Law and Love (A Marginal Jew: Rethinking the Historical Jesus)

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John Meier’s previous volumes in the acclaimed series A Marginal Jew are founded upon the notion that while solid historical information about Jesus is quite limited, people of different faiths can nevertheless arrive at a consensus on fundamental historical facts of his life. In this eagerly anticipated fourth volume in the series, Meier approaches a fresh topic—the teach ...more
Hardcover, 752 pages
Published May 26th 2009 by Yale University Press (first published January 1st 2009)
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Mike Hinkle
Apr 03, 2010 Mike Hinkle rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Professor Meier is one of those rare scholars who combines exhaustive research, piercing analysis and the discipline to "let the evidentiary chips fall where they may." In the fourth volume of this ambitious undertaking--"Rethinking the Historical Jesus"--Meier tackles the question of Jesus' probable attitude toward the Mosaic law. As in the previous volumes of this work, the author surveys the enormous body of previous material dealing with this challenging topic. He sifts the data for nuance i ...more
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Jul 01, 2014 Jeffrey Backlin rated it really liked it
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This fourth volume is my second favorite (compared to his second volume) in Meiers long and well developed series on the historical Jesus. In this work Meier takes up the first of four enigmas concerning the historical Jesus: his relationship to the Law. Meier offers a helpful section on what the Jewish law was and Jews views of it and then moves through several multiply attested sections on Jesus' relationship to the Torah/Law. His main argument is that Jesus is the Halakic Jesus (meaning he wa ...more
Sam Schulman
A sober, quietly witty, piece of thought on the historical Jesus, insisting that Jesus is trying to be halakhic and deeply engaging with Jewish law. Meier makes his own job somewhat easier by a very partial notion of what Jewish law is - his scholarship is impeccable but his feeling for it is so Christianized that he is unable to see what the Law that Christ confronts really is or felt like to Christ and his fellow-Jews. The entire discussion of marriage and divorce, for example, runs along line ...more
Chad Gibbons
Jul 25, 2011 Chad Gibbons rated it really liked it
Meier continues to prove himself to be the most sober and scholarly historian writing on Jesus today. This volume mainly stresses the fact that the historic Jesus is the 'halakic' Jesus. Any portrayal of Jesus which divorces him from any interaction with the Torah is quite simply, wrong. This should be obvious, but it's apparently not.
In my opinion, this is one of the most important contributions that this series has yet made (and that's saying something). Meier is so obviously CORRECT in his as
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Meier's mantra in volume four is "The Historical Jesus is the Halakic Jesus." Meier is basically pointing out that the best available evidence points to a historic Jesus who is ”immersed in the halakic discussions, debates, and actual practice of 1st-century Palestinian Jews.” Halaka is Hebrew for “conduct,” or “walking,” etc. It refers to a legal opinion or ruling concerning specific human conduct according to Judaism. The issues Jesus addresses include divorce, oaths, the sabbath, and purity l ...more
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One more volume to go.....
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good but will we see volume five ..
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John Paul Meier is a Biblical scholar and Catholic priest. He attended St. Joseph's Seminary and College (B.A., 1964), Gregorian University [Rome] (S.T.L, 1968), and the Biblical Institute [Rome] (S.S.D., 1976).

Meier is the author of nine books and more than 60 scholarly articles. He was editor of The Catholic Biblical Quarterly and president of the Catholic Biblical Association.

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Other Books in the Series

A Marginal Jew: Rethinking the Historical Jesus (5 books)
  • A Marginal Jew: Rethinking the Historical Jesus, Volume I - The Roots of the Problem and the Person
  • A Marginal Jew: Rethinking the Historical Jesus, Volume II - Mentor, Message, and Miracles
  • A Marginal Jew: Rethinking the Historical Jesus, Volume III - Companions and Competitors
  • A Marginal Jew: Rethinking the Historical Jesus, Volume V - Probing the Authenticity of the Parables

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