Jesus: A Revolutionary Biography Short Essay - Answer Key

John Dominic Crossan
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1. What does the author say are his intentions in this book?

The author says his intention is to come to an understanding of the historical realities of the life and teaching of Jesus. He says his motivation came from the four traditional New Testament gospels, which he thinks are "interpretations" of Jesus' life based on individual theological perspectives.

2. What is the Q Gospel?

The title comes from the German word Quelle which means source and was said to be a textual source for the gospels of Matthew and Luke.

3. Describe the author's process of research.

The author says his process of research included three components. They are examinations of the life and ways of the time in which Jesus lived such as "cross-cultural anthropology," of the history of the area and its effect on everyday life such as "Greco-Roman and especially Jewish history," and of the development of various theological perspectives arising from Jesus' life and teaching such as the "literary or textual" context.

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