Description: Historical Jesus research remains trapped in the positivistic historiographical framework from which it emerged more than 150 years ago. Anthropological historiography offers an alternative framework for dealing with Jesus of Nazareth as a social personage fully embedded in a first-century Mediterranean worldview and the Gospels as cultural artifacts related to this figure. The shamanic complex can account for the cultural processes and dynamics related to his social personage. As a Galilean shamanic figure Jesus typically performed healings and exorcisms, he controlled the spirits while he also acted as prophet, teacher and mediator of divine knowledge.
Subjects: Bible, New Testament, Synoptic Gospels, Literature
Review by Robert J. Miller
Citation: Robert J. Miller, review of Pieter Craffert, The Life of a Galilean Shaman: Jesus of Nazareth in Anthropological Perspective, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2009).
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