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The Life of Jesus : A Brief Assessment

   Introductory Comment: The following essay is an adaptation of the concluding section of my book Jesus After Two Thousand Years: What He Really Said and Did (London: SCM Press, 2000 and Amherst, N.Y.: Prometheus Books, 2001), pp. 686-693. Based on a translation from the original German by Dr. John Bowden, to whom I am duly grateful, the present text represents a revision I have made in collaboration with Tom Hall, whose diligent efforts are especially appreciated in view of his strong disagreement with several of my key conclusions. While the book remains a useful compendium for quick reference or for detailed study, the present brief sketch aims to transform the authentic words and actions of Jesus into a readable narrative.

NOTES

[1] Mark 4:3-8

[2] Luke 15:4-6

[3] Matt. 6:26

[4] Matt. 6:28

[5] Mark 4:30-32

[6] 2 Cor. 2:17

[7] Gal. 3:24-25

[8] Cf. 2 Cor. 2:14

[9] 2 Cor. 10:3-5

[10] 1 Cor. 14:8

[11] Gal. 3:17

[12] 1 Cor. 4:9

[13] 1 Cor 9:24

[14] 2 Cor. 12:7

[15] Mark 6:3

[16] Cf. Matt. 1:18-25

[17] Matt. 1: 3-6: Tamar, Rahab, Ruth, and the wife of Uriah (Bathsheba).

[18] 1 Cor. 11:29-30

[19] 1 Cor. 6:3

[20] Cf. Rom. 11:13-36

[21] Mark 10:9, 11

[22] Matt. 5:44a

[23] Matt. 7:1

[24] Matt. 5:34a

[25] Mark 7:15

[26] Mark 2:27

[27] Gal. 4:6

[28] Luke 11:2

[29] 1 Cor. 1-2

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