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Opinion – 8 July 2020

Clare Williams All Things Lawful And Honest Young People: The Church of TODAY

Rogers Govender ViaMedia.News #BlackLivesMatter: Protest & Prayer

Marcus Walker The Spectator Don’t erase Jesus’s Jewish identity

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Froghole
Froghole
27 days ago

I do not wish to make a comment on Marcus Walker’s piece, save to note that readers of TA who have had the pleasure of reading the late Geza Vermes’ ‘Jesus the Jew’ (1973) and its various offshoots, and who will be far better informed than I am about this subject, may also wish to read the British Academy obituary notice of Vermes by Philip Alexander and Martin Goodman, which was published earlier this week: https://www.thebritishacademy.ac.uk/documents/2592/19-Memoirs-09-Vermes.pdf

Rod Gillis
Rod Gillis
25 days ago
Reply to  Froghole

Thanks ! It requires an attentive read. I’m on the road (hence delayed reply) and will re-read again. Geza Vermes was a genuine creative thinker. Really appreciated his books. One of the take aways from he and his cohort is the fact that Jesus is inseparable from the Judaism of his time, not simply an honorary goy ‘ deus ex machina’. Jewish scholars have also helped Christians deal with ‘Jesusolatry’ i.e. the mistaken notions that Jesus was divine but not really human, that Jesus is all the ‘god’ we need.

Froghole
Froghole
25 days ago
Reply to  Rod Gillis

Archdeacon: I would recommend the British Academy obit notices as a source: they used to form part of the ‘Proceedings of the British Academy’, but have since been published as separate volumes. All of the volumes from 1965 to 2000 and then after 2012 are available online, and they include the biographies of a number of theologians and ecclesiastical historians: http://publications.thebritishacademy.ac.uk/pubs/proc/volumes/index.html and https://www.thebritishacademy.ac.uk/publishing/memoirs/. The volumes from 1905 (when the Academy was founded) and 1965 are only available in major libraries, whilst those for 2000-12 are accessible only via Oxford Scholarship Online, which is a subscription service: https://global.oup.com/academic/product/oxford-scholarship-online-9780199272334?cc=gb&lang=en&.   Some of… Read more »

Rod Gillis
Rod Gillis
24 days ago
Reply to  Froghole

Links very much appreciated! The book edited by Ernest Nicholson looks very interesting, not least because of the chapters by James Barr and Rowan Williams. I spent the final decade in ministry as an archdeacon. This required attending a lot of training and educational events, complete with reading lists, on ‘conflict management’. Retirement has enabled me to renew interests in more truly philosophical and theological issues. I’m still catching up. The wee blurb under the Williams’ chapter is enticing: “The survey presented in the chapter determines that the ‘dogmatic’ or ‘systematic’ theology in England and Wales has both benefitted and… Read more »

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