Worth More than Many Sparrows - Essays in Honour of Willi Braun - Sarah E. Rollens

Worth More than Many Sparrows - Essays in Honour of Willi Braun - Sarah E. Rollens

Shipwrecked on a Desert Island: The Barren Isolation of “Christian Origins”

Worth More than Many Sparrows - Essays in Honour of Willi Braun - Sarah E. Rollens

William E. Arnal [+-]
University of Regina
William E. Arnal is Professor in the Department of Religious Studies at the University of Regina.

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This article argues that the unreflective categorization of ancient documents associated with Jesus-people as “Christian” serves to distort in fundamental ways our understanding of the circumstances and agenda of the production of these documents. Using the Gospels of Thomas and of Mark as test cases, the paper explores how bracketing the “Christian” status of these writings allows for new insights into the function and use of biographical writing about Jesus, a function and use that establishes the tradents of these gospels as enmeshed and engaged in the broader Graeco-Roman culture of their environment.

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Arnal, William. Shipwrecked on a Desert Island: The Barren Isolation of “Christian Origins”. Worth More than Many Sparrows - Essays in Honour of Willi Braun. Equinox eBooks Publishing, United Kingdom. Feb 2023. ISBN 9781800501973. https://www.equinoxpub.com/home/view-chapter/?id=43713. Date accessed: 26 Nov 2022 doi: 10.1558/equinox.43713. Feb 2023

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