Description: Amid competing portrayals of the "cynic Jesus," the "peasant Jesus," and the "apocalyptic Jesus," the "political Jesus" remains a marginal figure. Douglas E. Oakman argues that advances in our social-scientific understanding of the political economy of Roman Galilee, as well as advances in the so-called "Third Quest" for the historical Jesus, warrant a revival—and a critical revision—of H. S. Reimarus's understanding of Jesus as an instigator of revolutionary change.
Subjects: Bible, New Testament, Synoptic Gospels, Literature, Methods, Social Scientific Approaches
Review by Alicia J. Batten
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Citation: Alicia J. Batten, review of Douglas E. Oakman, The Political Aims of Jesus, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2013).
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