The Ascetic Jesus

  title={The Ascetic Jesus},
  author={S. Joseph},
  journal={Journal for the Study of the Historical Jesus},
  • S. Joseph
  • Published 2010
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  • Journal for the Study of the Historical Jesus
New Testament scholars have long been divided on the question of Jesus' asceticism. This study will argue that the historical Jesus should be identified as a first-century Jewish ascetic. Here, asceticism is conceptualized as a sociological, cross-cultural and comparative lens through which a range of behaviors can be understood. Consequently, by comparing the early Jesus tradition with other contemporary manifestations of ascetic practice in antiquity, this study will illustrate that an… Expand
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