Description: In "Jesus, Gnosis and Dogma" Riemer Roukema sets out to investigate and assess the various views of Jesus in early Christianity, basing his approach on a distinction between historical and theological statements about Jesus. Historical statements about Jesus can be arrived at through a careful and critical study of the earliest records, but Roukema recognizes that scholars differ widely here, their views ranging from the extremely sceptical to the very optimistic. Theological statements about Jesus are to do with His relationship to God and what has been and is believed about Jesus not only then but today; and it is often the case that these statements reflect more the convictions of their authors.
Subjects: Methods, Historical Approaches, History, Early Church Origins
Review by James F. McGrath
Citation: James F. McGrath, review of Riemer Roukema, Jesus, Gnosis and Dogma, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2011).
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