Thursday, October 25, 2007
Last July, the Journal for the Study of the Historical Jesus published "Jesus the Israelite Was Neither a 'Jew' Nor a 'Christian': On Correcting Misleading Nomenclature" by John H. Elliott of the University of San Francisco. I recommend this scholarly article to readers interested in the subject. Mistaken and anachronistic notions about Jesus and Jews are bad religion that fuels harmful movements like Christian Zionism, which in turn has had a dangerous geopolitical impact on the Middle East.
Elliott's article and the subject in general have stimulated some interesting discussion in the blogosphere, see the links below to posts on The Busybody blog (the most recent post is at bottom).
- The Symbolic Jesus
- Jew or Judean?
- Jesus Was Neither Jewish Nor Christian
- Phil Harland Puts Things to Rest: The "Judean" is Here to Stay