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Infancy Gospels

Stories and Identities

Infancy Gospels

Stories and Identities

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Publisher: JCB Mohr (Paul Siebeck)
ISBN: 9783161508332
Number of Pages: 785
Published: 01/12/2011
Width: 24.8 cm
Height: 16.9 cm
Even though the canonical Jesus' infancy stories have always provoked great interest in popular culture and in the arts, they have been neglected in research during the last decades due to the relatively late date of their redaction. Since the monograph by Raymond Brown, The Birth of the Messiah, the researchers working on this topic have not attempted to consider its historical impact. In this volume, an international team of scholars proposes firstly a reconsideration of the historical background of these stories in terms of early Jewish and Christian identity quests. Secondly, they deal with early Christian questions on Jesus' infancy and childhood through canonical and apocryphal Gospels including information from Patristic and documentary literature. On the theological level, this volume illustrates the impact that these apocryphal texts, recognized as "useful for the soul" (a phrase coined by François Bovon), have had on the Christian faith.Contributors: Philip Alexander, Frédéric Amsler, Daniel Barbu, Simon Butticaz, Valentina Calzolari, Claire Clivaz, José Costa, Elian Cuvillier, Adriana Destro, Luc Devillers, Jörg Frey, Daniel Gerber, Christian Grappe, Christophe Guignard, Jean-Daniel Kaestli, Ursula Ulrike Kaiser, Moisés Mayordomo, Simon Claude Mimouni, Enrico Norelli, David Pastorelli, Mauro Pesce, Francesca Prescendi, François Rosset, Anders Runesson, Andrea Taschl-Erber, Geert van Oyen, Joseph Verheyden, Benedict Viviano, Sever J. Voicu, Lily Vuong

Benjamin Bertho, Claire Clivaz, Andreas Dettwiler

Born 1983; PhD student in History of Religions, University of Lausanne (Switzerland). Born 1971; 2007 PhD; since 2015 Head of Digital Enhanced Learning at the Swiss Institute of Bioinformatics in Lausanne. Born 1960; from 1997 to 2004 Professor of New Testament at the University of Neuchâtel (Switzerland); since 2004 Professor at the University of Geneva (Switzerland). Born 1954; 1995-2008 Professor of New Testament at the Ecole Biblique et Archéologique Française in Jerusalem ; since 2009 Assistant Professor of New Testament Exegesis and Theology at the University of Fribourg (Switzerland). Born 1952; Doctor of Classical Philology (University of Pisa) and of Theology (University of Geneva); professor emeritus of History and Literature of Early Christianity at the University of Geneva and invited professor at the Facultad de Literatura Cristiana y Clásica San Justino (Madrid).

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