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SMC330Y1 Lecture Notes - Simon Bar Giora, Pilates, Tyrant

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Reid Locklin

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Crux of Faith
Assume that Jesus belieed that thru his work prophecies were being
fulfilled, Israel reaching climactic moment…. Knew traditions,
Recreate ways 1CE Jews think about suffering, death and
martyrdom, traditions
Crowded city at great festival ideal time for news to travel fast…
Once story in minds and imaginations, told again and again with
minimal alteration…
Wright brings other historical examples Bar-Konchba, Simon bar
Bar-Kochba and Jesus similar vocation
Present and future kingdom
If Jesus believed to be messiah, believe task would be thru
suffering and death -> stress not parituclarly odd thing to be
thought by 1CE Jew with strong sense of God and gift for
charismatic leadership
Belive desire and actions for violent revolution against Rome ook
hold of imagination of great majority of Jesus’s contemporaries
Jesus was not suicidal…. Did not despair of life
Fitting with Jewish world of Jesus’s day (99)
Jewish chief priests threatened by temple turning… predictable
manner to prevent riots and save selves
No evidence that post-Easter Xtians constructed Xtology in which
destruction of temple linked to messiahship/voce versa
Pilate appear in accounts as tyrant, prisoner portrayed as rebel
Jewish hearing was not about later Xtian theology but about two
politically necessary moves that chief priests had to make
Strange to imagine movement with messianic emphasis continuing
after death in normal times…
Messiah died for sins according to scriptures Xtian tradition
accurate summary of early Xtian belief and strand of thought going
back to mind and intention of Jesus
Interpretation of Jesus’s death not new theory of atonement or
feeling/doctrine… claim about where world is within God’s
eschatological timetable
Paul’s letters… Israel to whole world
Early xtian atonement theology derives not just from Jesus’s death
with interpretation, bt from death seen as eschatological act,
making new amalgamation, God dealing with state of exile and sin
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