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Tom Wright,Ben F. Meyer
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4 of Ben Meyer's book, The Aims of Jesus, as giving "what is probably the finest statement on historical method by. .In discovering "the aims of Jesus," he pursues the judgment and salvation of Israel through an understanding of John the Baptist.

4 of Ben Meyer's book, The Aims of Jesus, as giving "what is probably the finest statement on historical method by a practicing contemporary New Testament scholar" (Wright p. 98 n32). The public proclamation and career of Jesus is found in the Gospels. He also assesses "the secret of the reign of God" (ch.

Ben Meyer takes us through the history of reading scripture and how cultural philosophies have bent interpretation like light through a lens seeing things from a particular perspective.

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The Aims of Jesus (Princeton Theological Monograph Series, 48). ISBN. 1556350414 (ISBN13: 9781556350412). Like Wright, Meyer writes with a sharp wit which easily dissects the absurdities of earlier skeptics while still maintaining a critical eye on the value of the evidence at hand. On more than one occasion I found myself smiling at the provision of an argument which demolishes later scholars who seem ignorant of his writing. In his conclusion, Meyer presents a comprehensive summary of Jesus' aims - to form the nation of Israel as an open community based on faith into which the Gentiles were welcomed.

Ben Meyer (1927–1995) studied with the Jesuits, his studies taking him to California, Strasbourg, Göttingen, and Rome, where he.The Aims of Jesus, Princeton Theological Monograph Series, Pickwick Publications (2002).

Ben Meyer (1927–1995) studied with the Jesuits, his studies taking him to California, Strasbourg, Göttingen, and Rome, where he received his doctorate from the Universita Gregoriana in 1965. He taught briefly at Alma College and at the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley before joining the faculty at McMaster University in 1969, where he taught in the Department of Religious Studies until 1992. Meyer's areas of specialization included the historical Jesus, the early expansion of the Christian movement, and the hermeneutics of Bernard Lonergan.

More in Princeton Theological Monograph Series. Title: The Aims of Jesus By: Ben F. Meyer Format: Paperback Number of Pages: 346 Vendor: Pickwick Publications Publication Date: 2004

More in Princeton Theological Monograph Series. Pickwick Publications, 2004, Paperback. Meyer Format: Paperback Number of Pages: 346 Vendor: Pickwick Publications Publication Date: 2004. Dimensions: . 8 X . 6 X . 3 (inches) Weight: 15 ounces ISBN: 1556350414 ISBN-13: 9781556350412 Series: Princeton Theological Monograph Stock No: WW350412.

The Aims of Jesus', Princeton Theological Monograph Series, Pickwick Publications (2002). ISBN 978-1-55635-041-2 'The Early Christians', Glazier (Michael) Inc. (1991). ISBN 978-0-89453-542-0 'Critical Realism and the New Testament', Princeton Theological Monograph Series, Pickwick Publications (1989). ISBN 978-15138-97-5 'Christus Faber', Princeton Theological Monograph Series, Pickwick Publications (1992). ISBN 978-1-55635-014-6 'Reality and Illusion in New Testament Scholarship', Collegeville. Glazier/Liturgical (1994).

The Aims of Jesus - Ebook written by Ben F. Meyer. Princeton Theological Monograph Series. Read this book using Google Play Books app on your PC, android, iOS devices. Book 48. Ben F. MeyerJanuary 1, 2002. Wipf and Stock Publishers. He authored several important monographs, including 'The Aims of Jesus', 'The Early Christians', 'Critical Realism and the New Testament', 'Christus Faber', 'Reality and Illusion in New Testament Scholarship', and 'Five Speeches that Changed the World'.

Author: Ben F. Series: Princeton Theological Monograph Series. Publisher: Pickwick Publications. In this follow up to his work in The Aims of Jesus, Ben F. Meyer responds to recent scholarship on the historical Jesus. Publication Date: 1992. Pages: 310. Sample Pages: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7. Critical Realism and the New Testament.

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  • BlackHaze
Those of us who are not professional philosophers will need a dictionary by our side while reading this, but the theology is excellent. As stated in N. T. Wright's introduction, Meyer puts the Jesus Seminar in its place and brings Historical Jesus studies back to realistic levels. He shows how much of the Gospels is not so redacted as many modern scholars have believed. This book will become a regular reference for those interested in the subject.
  • Ironrunner
It's great to see this book back in print. I read it about 15 years ago, and it, along with N. T. Wright's New Testament and the People of God, Jesus and the Victory of God, and What St. Paul Really Said completely rearranged my thinking about Christianity, eventually leading me from evangelical Protestantism to Roman Catholicism.

The Aims of Jesus literally revolutionized Jesus studies. If nothing else, it contributed two lasting achievements: it made critical realism the hermeneutic norm, and it launched the Third Quest for the historical Jesus, followed by Wright, Witherington, Meier, and others.

The idea behind the book is really rather simple: Let's treat Jesus like any other historical figure, such as Alexander the Great. That is, let's see if we can determine what Jesus' project was, what he hoped to accomplish, what his aims in life were. Can we find out what he thought his purpose on earth was, and can we also make a determination about how successful he was?

In order to be able to do this, it's necessary to get proper "hermeneutic access" to the materials that give an account of his life, primarily the New Testament gospels and letters. That's where "critical realism" comes in--which is simply a method for analyzing texts. It involves situating texts in their proper community context, looking at their historical value in relation to the events they recount, placing the figures they portray (primarily Jesus and the Disciples) in their early first century Jewish setting, and assessing the movement that arose as a consequence of their lives and acts. It is not generally concerned with determining the authenticity of particular sayings; rather it is more concerned with the picture that emerges from a "hermeneutics of generosity" as opposed to a "hermeneutics of suspicion" which has dominated Jesus studies for the past three and a half centuries.

What you get with this approach is a way to link the most important aspects of Jesus' life and mission together: his Jewish background, his preaching ministry, his death and resurrection, the documents that recount these events, and the movement that arose following his departure from this earth.

If the conclusions are not startlingly original, the book nevertheless provides readers with new access to who Jesus was (and is, for Christians), and, especially, to the events of his life in relation to the rise of the Early Church.

Ben F. Meyer was certainly one of the greatest Jesus scholars of the last century. It would also be wonderful to have his other classic text, The Early Christians: Their World Mission and Self-Discovery, back in print.
  • Kitaxe
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  • adventure time
I read this book because N. T. Wright said it was one of the most influential books in the formation of his thinking about Jesus and Scripture.

A word of advice for people who are thinking of reading it for the same reasons: Just read N. T. Wright.

Sure, I could see how this book was formative in Wright's thinking, but Wright says it with so much clarity. Meyer was a great scholar, but his book is nearly unreadable. It is extremely scholarly and many of his arguments follow so many rabbit trails, they are nearly incoherent.

N. T. Wright ends up saying many of the same things, but in a much clearer, concise, and readable way.
  • iSlate
Book came in excellent condition but the contents make it worth all the money. Thank you.
  • lubov
I was reading N. T. Wright's, The New Testament & the People of God, when he recommended ch. 4 of Ben Meyer's book, The Aims of Jesus, as giving "what is probably the finest statement on historical method by a practicing contemporary New Testament scholar" (Wright p. 98 n32). Meyer died in 1995. Wright has written a new introduction to this edition of Meyer's book, indicating that "we are dealing with a book which stands out from the crowd" (Meyer, p. 9l)

I took his recommendation, read Meyer's chapter on historical method, and I have to agree that this is a superb discussion on method but it also gives a realistic view of the historical Jesus in the midst of postmodern reconstructions by people such as J. D. Crossan.

Meyer's historical method involves 4 principles: (1) History is knowledge; (2) Historical knowledge is inferential; (3) The technique of history is hypothesis; and (4) Hypotheses require verification (pp. 88-92). The practice of this method goes through these steps: questions (about the topic), developing hypotheses to test, and verification or otherwise of the hypotheses. This requires, interpretation and explanation, controlling the data, establishing the facts, and arriving at conclusions that are "beyond criticism" (ch. 4).

The beauty of this book is that Meyer then fleshes out his application of this method to examine the Jesus of history and faith. In discovering "the aims of Jesus," he pursues the judgment and salvation of Israel through an understanding of John the Baptist. The public proclamation and career of Jesus is found in the Gospels. He also assesses "the secret of the reign of God" (ch. 8) before arriving at his conclusions.

While critical scholars of the Quest have used criteria for historicity such as embarrassment, discontinuity, multiple attestation, coherence, rejection & execution (Crossan 1998), Meyer prefers to describe these as indices of historicity that "will necessarily be open, supple, and delicate. . . No method will be admitted to which caution, nuance, and the admission of doubt are alien" (Meyer p. 84).

Meyer comes to the Gospels with a view that they have data on past events about Jesus, but he comes without a prior view about genre. This means that the data are examined without excluding "the possibility of legend, midrash, folklore, parable, paradigm, and so forth" (p. 72).

He asks what conclusion can be drawn from the form critical approach that "the form of the gospel traditions is narrative about Jesus but their substance is the earliest church's expression of its own self-understanding and concerns". He rejects it as an "inexplicable" supposition (pp. 82-83).

This is not a bedtime storybook but is a scholar's book for scholars of the historical Jesus. But be warned! He gives a solid review of the skeptical quest for the historical Jesus from Reimarus onwards, observing that "scholars of the Straussian cast, like Wrede or Bultmann, make no effort to reconstruct history, whereas the fearless hypotheses of a Reimarus or a Schweitzer collapse like playing cards" (Meyer p. 24). Meyer could have applied the same judgment to the fellows of the Jesus Seminar and questers such as Funk, Crossan, Mack & Borg.

This is an outstanding book defining methodology, assessing Jesus from gospel data, and showing how the Gospel materials about Jesus can be scrutinised on solid historical grounds.