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Jesus and politics in contemporary scholarship

Marcus J. Borg
HTS Teologiese Studies / Theological Studies | Vol 51, No 4 | a1455 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/hts.v51i4.1455 | © 1995 Marcus J. Borg | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 11 December 1995 | Published: 11 December 1995

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Marcus J. Borg, Oregon State University Visiting Professor: University of Pretoria, South Africa

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Abstract

Until recently, and for a variety of reasons, most historical Jesus scholarship has typically seen Jesus as essentially non-political. Recently, this has begun to change, to a large extent because of the fuller description of the social world of Jesus made possible by the use of interdisciplinary models and insights. Seen within the context of a social world described as a peasant, patriarchal and purity society, many of the Jesus traditions reflect both a sharp critique of society and advocacy of an alternative social vision. Jesus' action in the temple (including E P Sanders view of it) is treated as a case study of the difference made by an interdisciplinary understanding of the social context of Jesus' public activity.

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