Jesus the Jew
Michael Bird raises the issue of Jesus the Jew and the work of Klausner. In recent times of course the Jesus the Jew thing has become widespread of course. I'm not sure just how widespread though. Here a couple of open questions. How Jewish a Jesus are people prepared to envisage? NT Wright, for all the talk on Jesus' Jewishness still has the Law redundant, the Temple replaced, Jesus having a very high Christological opinion of himself and so on. Is this so very different from the pre-Sanders/Vermes era? Wright isn't alone of course and it seems to me that it is often just lip service to the Jewishness of Jesus in some quarters. Even Sanders provides a get out clause with let the dead bury their own dead. So how far is scholarship really prepared to go on this? Does Jesus necessarily have to stand outside contemporary Jewish trends on issues of who he was and identity, Law, Temple, and so on and so on?