Original Research - Special Collection: A.G.van Aarde Festschrift

Andries van Aarde as historical Jesus scholar

Jurie le Roux
HTS Teologiese Studies / Theological Studies | Vol 67, No 1 | a1000 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/hts.v67i1.1000 | © 2011 Jurie le Roux | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 12 November 2010 | Published: 11 April 2011

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Jurie le Roux, Department of Old Testament Studies, University of Pretoria, South Africa


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Abstract

This article focuses on Andries van Aarde’s work on the historical Jesus and especially his book, Fatherless in Galilee, which made an important contribution to historical Jesus study in South Africa. In the first part of the article Van Aarde’s historical and social approaches are highlighted, his ongoing reflection on the resurrection described and his work on the Infancy Gospel of Thomas accentuated. In the second part we discuss Van Aarde’s depiction of Jesus as someone who grew up fatherless. For Jesus this meant a lifelong struggle against slander and exclusion from the temple and the presence of God. Jesus nevertheless trusted God who filled Jesus’ emptiness. Jesus was baptised and then started a ministry, focusing on the outcasts of society. He preached that the kingdom of God had come and that the people of this kingdom could experience God, as well as forgiveness of sins. Jesus died but arose in the kerygma. The article also refers to the struggle of the authors of the New Testament writings to understand and express the Jesus event.

Keywords

historical Jesus; Andries G. van Aarde as resurrection of Jesus; kingdom of God; Infancy Gospel of Thomas

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