The Vermes Quest: The Significance of Geza Vermes for Jesus Research
The Vermes Quest: The Significance of Geza Vermes for Jesus Research

The Vermes Quest: The Significance of Geza Vermes for Jesus Research

in The Library of New Testament Studies

by Hilde Brekke Moller

Pages 256
Publisher T&T Clark
Published 2017
ISBN-13 9780567675743
Geza Vermes is a household name within the study of the historical Jesus, and his work is associated with a significant change within mainstream Jesus research, typically labelled 'the third quest'. since the publication of Jesus the Jew in 1973, many notable Jesus scholars have interacted with Vermes's ideas and suggestions, yet their assessments have so far remained brief and ambiguous. Hilde Brekke Moller explores the true impact of Vermes's Jesus research on the perceived change within Jesus research in the 1980s, and also within third quest Jesus research, by examining Vermes's work and the reception of his work by numerous Jesus scholars.

Moller looks in particular depth at the Jewishness of Jesus, the Son-of-Man problem, and Vermes's suggestion that Jesus was a Hasid, all being aspects of Vermes's work which have attracted the most scholarly attention. Moller's research-historical approach focuses not only on the leading scholars of the field such as E.P. Sanders, J.D. Crossan, J.P. Meier and C.A. Evans, but also sheds light on underplayed aspects of previous research, and responds to the state of affairs for recent research by challenging the rhetoric of current historical Jesus scholarship.

  • Table of contents
  • Acknowledgements
  • Abbreviations
  • Part I: Introduction
    • Ch. 1: The Significance of Geza Vermes for Jesus Research
    • Ch. 2: Vermes and Jesus Research
    • Ch. 3: The History of Jesus Research: Mapping the Quest(s)
    • Ch. 4: Vermes' Jewish Jesus (1973)
    • Ch. 5: The Significance of Jesus the Jew (The 1970s and 1980s)
    • Ch. 6: The Jewishness of Jesus Before Vermes
    • Ch. 7: The Significance of Vermes' Work on the Son of Man
    • Ch. 8: Final Considerations on the Jewishness of Jesus Within Jesus Research
  • Part II: The Significance of Vermes' Hasid Theory
    • Ch. 9: Vermes's Hasid Theory and its Precursors
    • Ch. 10: The Hasid Theory Within Jesus Research After 1973
    • Ch. 11: Hanina Ben Dosa Heals From a Distance: A Case of
    • Christian Influences Upon Talmudic Judaism?
  • Part III: Conclusions and Outlook
    • Ch. 12: Conclusion
    • Ch. 13: Outlook
  • Bibliography
  • Index


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