Jesus the Victimizer?

Jesus’ antagonistic encounters with the Pharisees serve traditionally as a basis for the poor relationship between Christianity and Judaism. The conflict stories epitomized by Jesus’ parables have been assessed as descriptions of how he either justifiably revealed his adversaries’ falseness or false...

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Published in:Approaching religion
Main Author: Thurén, Lauri 1961-
Format: Electronic Article
Language:English
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Published: [2014]
In:Approaching religion
Year: 2014, Volume: 4, Issue: 2, Pages: 37-50
Further subjects:B Middle East
B Parables
B Textual Criticism
B Judaism
B Bible, New Testament
B Christianity
B Jesus Christ
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Summary:Jesus’ antagonistic encounters with the Pharisees serve traditionally as a basis for the poor relationship between Christianity and Judaism. The conflict stories epitomized by Jesus’ parables have been assessed as descriptions of how he either justifiably revealed his adversaries’ falseness or falsely defamed them. These stories are used to justify later religious conflicts. I shall argue that the traditional anti-Pharisaic interpretations of Jesus’ parables have an inadequate basis in the actual stories. Instead, they are due to two axiomatic perspectives that dominate the interpretation: ill-fitting allegorical explanations and/or the search for some historical context. Both approaches have resulted in manipulating the parables, either by curtailing them or by importing into them information of which their actual audience(s) were unaware.
ISSN:1799-3121
Contains:Enthalten in: Approaching religion