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Matthew V. Novenson

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199844579

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199844579.001.0001

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The Modern Problem of Christ and the Messiahs

The Modern Problem of Christ and the Messiahs

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Christ among the Messiahs

Matthew V. Novenson

Oxford University Press

This chapter comprises a history of research on the question of the Pauline Christ and the Jewish messiahs, from the early nineteenth century to the present. Figures treated include F. C. Baur, William Wrede, Wilhelm Bousset, Albert Schweitzer, W. D. Davies, Nils Dahl, Werner Kramer, E. P. Sanders, Lloyd Gaston, Martin Hengel, N. T. Wright, Andrew Chester, Dieter Zeller, Magnus Zetterholm, and Stanley Stowers, among others. The question of the meaning of “Christ” in Paul has a storied history in modern scholarship, but it has usually been a stand-in for other, more urgent interpretive disputes (regarding, e.g., Christian anti-Judaism, the New Perspective on Paul). As diverse as modern accounts of Pauline christology are, however, common to almost all is the assumption that, whatever Paul’s christology is, it is not messianic.

Keywords:   anti-judaism, history of research, new perspective on paul, pauline christology

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