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 ...
Van Aarde, A.G. (Andries G.)(Faculty of Theology, University of Pretoria, 2003)
The aim of this article is to reflect on the work of historical Jesus scholars who represent the three facets in the research, referred to as the "New Quest", the "Third Quest", and the "Renewed New Quest". This is followed ...
Van Aarde, A.G. (Andries G.)(Faculty of Theology, University of Pretoria, 2001)
God, and not the Bible as such, is the church's primary authority. Jesus of
Nazareth is the manifestation of God in history. In a post-Aufkllirung environment
one cannot escape the demand to think historically. To discern ...