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The Teaching of Jesus Christ


The Gospel History and Its Transmission


Originally delivered as one of the Jowett Lectures for 1906, the contents of this booklet emerged during the first quest for the historical Jesus. Somewhat surprisingly, Burkitt discovered that historical criticism increased the historical credibility of the Synoptic Gospels in his estimation. This fourth lecture in the series begins by noting that in early Christianity it was Jesus that was preached and not Jesus’ sayings. Burkitt thus suggests some criteria for finding Jesus’ original words and then applies them in order to reconstruct the teachings of Jesus.
Publisher: Gorgias Press LLC
Availability: In stock
SKU (ISBN): 978-1-60724-117-1
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Publication Status: In Print

Series: Analecta Gorgiana 148
Publication Date: Feb 23,2009
Interior Color: Black
Trim Size: 6 x 9
Page Count: 48
Language: English
ISBN: 978-1-60724-117-1
$41.00
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Originally delivered as one of the Jowett Lectures for 1906, the contents of this booklet emerged during the first quest for the historical Jesus. Somewhat surprisingly, Burkitt discovered that historical criticism increased the historical credibility of the Synoptic Gospels in his estimation. This fourth lecture in the series begins by noting that in early Christianity it was Jesus that was preached and not Jesus’ sayings. This creates special problems for trying to reconstruct Jesus’ actual words. Burkitt first suggests some criteria for this exercise and then applies them in order to reconstruct the teachings of Jesus. Providing a list of likely original sayings, Burkitt then considers Jesus’ teaching in regard to the scribes and Pharisees. Differences between Judaism and Christianity spur him to discuss the differing interpretations of the two belief systems. He finds an unique aspect to Jesus’ teachings on humility and watchfulness.

Francis Crawford Burkitt (1864-1935) began his academic career as a student of mathematics. While at Cambridge University he moved to Divinity, becoming the Norrisian Professor. His interest in the text of the New Testament led him to study Syriac manuscripts and to publish widely in the field. He was a fellow of the British Academy.

Originally delivered as one of the Jowett Lectures for 1906, the contents of this booklet emerged during the first quest for the historical Jesus. Somewhat surprisingly, Burkitt discovered that historical criticism increased the historical credibility of the Synoptic Gospels in his estimation. This fourth lecture in the series begins by noting that in early Christianity it was Jesus that was preached and not Jesus’ sayings. This creates special problems for trying to reconstruct Jesus’ actual words. Burkitt first suggests some criteria for this exercise and then applies them in order to reconstruct the teachings of Jesus. Providing a list of likely original sayings, Burkitt then considers Jesus’ teaching in regard to the scribes and Pharisees. Differences between Judaism and Christianity spur him to discuss the differing interpretations of the two belief systems. He finds an unique aspect to Jesus’ teachings on humility and watchfulness.

Francis Crawford Burkitt (1864-1935) began his academic career as a student of mathematics. While at Cambridge University he moved to Divinity, becoming the Norrisian Professor. His interest in the text of the New Testament led him to study Syriac manuscripts and to publish widely in the field. He was a fellow of the British Academy.

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  • CHAPTER V (page 5)