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Review article: Jesus’ resurrection in Joseph’s garden

Estelle Dannhauser
HTS Teologiese Studies / Theological Studies | Vol 66, No 1 | a373 | DOI: | © 2010 Estelle Dannhauser | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 17 September 2009 | Published: 20 July 2010

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Estelle Dannhauser, University of Pretoria, South Africa

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The article is a lengthy review of the book Jesus’ resurrection in Joseph’s garden by P.J.W. (Flip) Schutte. The book represents a quest to trace the relationship between Jesus’ resurrection, myth and canon. Schutte finds the origin of events underlying the biblical canon in proclamation. His focus in the book is the proclamation of the death and resurrection of Christ, which, in its developmental stages, hinged on the life and death of the historical Jesus. Proclamation developed into a mythical narrative that became the foundational myth for the Christ cult, validating its existence and rituals. With the growth and institutionalisation of the faith community (church), came an increased production of literature, causing the power-wielding orthodoxy to identify a body of literature containing the ‘truth’ and ‘correct teaching’, thus establishing the authoritative canon. In, through, behind and beyond Jesus of Nazareth, Schutte has perceived a canon behind the canon: a God of love. In Jesus, the man of myth with historical roots who has become to us the observable face of God, Schutte confesses the kerygma to open up before him. The proclamation therefore extends an invitation to join in a mythological experience and an encounter with God whose love is preached in the metaphor called Easter.


the resurrection of Jesus; myths and rituals; canon; emerging Christianity; historical- kerygmatic Jesus


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