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A historical Jesus hallucinating during his initial spirit-possession experience: A response to Stevan Da vies' interpretation of Jesus' baptism by John

Johan Strijdom
HTS Teologiese Studies / Theological Studies | Vol 54, No 3/4 | a1433 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/hts.v54i3/4.1433 | © 1998 Johan Strijdom | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 11 December 1998 | Published: 12 December 1998

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Johan Strijdom, Temporary part time lecturer: Department of New Testament Studies (Sec A), University of Pretoria, South Africa

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Taking Albert Schweitzer's threefold criticism of psychological readings of the historical Jesus as point of departure, Davies' analysis of Jesus' baptism is critically assessed in terms of (1) his database of sources, (2) his arguments for authenticity, and (3) his psychological explanation of this crucial event in Jesus' life. The article insists, in conclusion, that Davies, psychological analysis should be supplemented with a consideration of social values if we wish to understand the historical Jesus better.


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