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What happened to "Good news for the poor"? On the trail of hope beyond Jesus

Loader, W. (2013) What happened to "Good news for the poor"? On the trail of hope beyond Jesus. In: Breytenbach, C. and Frey, J., (eds.) Reflections on the Early Christian History of Religion. Brill, Leiden, The Netherlands, pp. 233-266.


One of the arguably core concerns of the historical Jesus was to proclaim good news to the poor. This paper investigates what "good news for the poor" might have meant in the ministry of Jesus, inasmuch as this is recoverable, and what happened to it in the course of the early decades of Christianity as reflected in the writings of the New Testament. Within the investigation we shall give special attention to the story as Luke's two volumes tell it. Inevitably such investigation is coloured by contemporary concerns not least because the injustice of world poverty confronts us. The desire for relevance can easily reconstruct a Jesus who addresses such needs in ways that match our ideal strategies and hopes. The task in this paper is not to contrive a Jesus to match our needs or our ideals, but to enter his distant and strange world to hear as far as is possible what he was saying, what it might have meant in his setting, and then for those who followed him.

Item Type: Book Chapter
Murdoch Affiliation(s): School of Arts
Publisher: Brill
Copyright: 2013 Koninklijike Brill NV
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Notes: Series title: Ancient Judaism and Early Christianity; Vol. 81 ISSN: 1871-6636
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