This paper examines the attempt by Richard Burridge in his recent book, Imitating Jesus: An
inclusive approach to New Testament ethics (2007), to build an engaged Christian ethics starting with
the historical Jesus but taking full account of the insights into the perspectives of the four gospels
in their own right, based on their genre as Greek bioi. While Burridge’s approach is applauded
and regarded as a major step forward, it is critiqued here on his selectivity in his presentation of
the results of two decades of research into the Jesus of history. Burridge’s selection of the South
African experience in the struggle against apartheid as his ‘test case’ is also questioned, since
the issues in such struggles for justice appear more straightforward to outsiders than they do to
insiders and his analysis raises more questions than it answers.
Van Aarde, A.G. (Andries G.)(University of Pretoria, 2000)
In the year 2000 the birthday of Jesus of Nazareth two millennia ago is celebrated. If Jesus was seen as merely a historical figure, the significance of his life would be no different from that of people like Socrates or ...
Ellens, J. Harold,1932-(OpenJournals Publishing, 2014-03-26)
Christmas gives us that ’sweet little Jesus Boy’ and Lent follows that with the ‘gentle Jesus,
meek and mild.’ He was neither of those. In point of fact, he was the ‘tough guy from Nazareth.’
He was consistently abrasive, ...
Van der Merwe, Gerrit-Daan(OpenJournals Publishing, 2015-09-30)
A.G. van Aarde’s contribution to historical
Jesus research is mainly expressed in his book Fatherless in Galilee: Jesus as Child of God. The
book was the result of five years of Jesus research. Van Aarde is an ordained ...