Gospels, Jesus, and Christian Origins
William O. Walker, Jr.
Representing five decades of research on the gospels, Jesus, and Christian origins, this collection of historical-critical essays explores topics such as demythologizing, “son of man,” and the synoptic problem, to name just a few. Includes a critical analysis of ways in which scholars have attempted to recover the historical Jesus.
Part One: Methodological Issues
Chapter 1: The Quest for the Historical Jesus: A Discussion of Methodology
Chapter 2: The Kingdom of the Son of Man and the Kingdom of the Father in Matthew: An Exercise in Redaktionsgeschichte
Chapter 3: A Method for Identifying Redactional Passages in Matthew on Functional and Linguistic Grounds
Chapter 4: The Lukan Nativity Story and Isaiah 7:14: Some Additional Evidence for Intertextuality
Chapter 5: Demythologizing and Christology
Part Two: Relationships among the Canonical Gospels
Chapter 6: An Unexamined Presupposition in Studies of the Synoptic Problem
Chapter 7: “Nazareth”: A Clue to Synoptic Relationships?
Chapter 8: Martha and Mary in the Third and Fourth Gospels: An Exercise in Source Criticism
Chapter 9: The Lord’s Prayer in Matthew and in John
Part Three: The Son of Man
Chapter 10: The Origin of the Son of Man Concept as Applied to Jesus
Chapter 11: The Son of Man: Some Recent Developments
Chapter 12: The Son of Man Question and the Synoptic Problem
Chapter 13: John 1:43-51 and “The Son of Man” in the Fourth Gospel
Part Four: Special Topics in the Gospels
Chapter 14: Κύριος and ’Επιστάτης as Translations of Rabbi/Rabbouni
Chapter 15: Jesus and the Tax Collectors
Part Four: Post-Crucifixion Appearances, Christian Origins, and Resurrection Faith
Chapter 16: Post-Crucifixion Appearances and Christian Origins
Chapter 17: Christian Origins and Resurrection Faith
Index of Modern Authors
William O. Walker, Jr. (Ph.D., Duke University) is the Jennie Farris Railey King Professor Emeritus of Religion at Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas. He has served as author, co-author, editor, associate editor, or assistant editor of a number of books, including Paul and His Legacy (2014), Interpolations in the Pauline Letters (2001) and The HarperCollins Bible Dictionary (1996). He has also published more than sixty articles on New Testament topics. He is a member of Studiorum Novi Testamenti Societas, the Society of Biblical Literature, the Catholic Biblical Association of America, and the Westar Institute’s Acts Seminar.