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blog tour:The Jesus Scandals – Isus samanta de scandal

In orice timp scandalurile au o mare cautare. Cu cat numele e mai sonor, cunoscut, cu atat interesul, curiozitatea este mai mare. Scandalul este o rampa de propulsare pentru unii si o vale a disperarii pentru altii. Odraslele celebritatilor au fost mereu urmarite, tachinate iar unele chiar s-au balacit cu placere in scandaluri. O carte despre scandalurile din viata Fiului lui Dumnezeu, Isus Christos, incita, apare surprinzatoare dar nu cadreaza cu scenarii cunoscute prezentate in cuprinsul unor publicatii de can-can ori emisiuni de diverstisment.

Prin “The Jesus Scandals – Why He shocked his contemporaries (and still shocks today) “, Kregel Publication mi-a oferit ocazia de a interactiona cu scrierea unui iscusit profesor si fin cunoscator al culturii evreiesti – mediul in care s-au propagat mai intai vorbele, actiunile, atitudinile prin care Isus a deranjat, producand fracturi in forma si fondul religiozitatii evreiesti.

Profesorul David Instone-Brewer realizeaza o abordare incitanta si corecta (nespeculand prea mult) reliefand aspecte prezente in viata lui Isus si care au constituit de buna seama puncte de blamare si acuzare pentru activitatea, misiunea, scopul si apartenenta sa.

Autorul clasifica in 3 parti scandalurile pe care Isus le-a provocat sau in care a fost implicat: cele prezente in viata sa (paternitatea, burlacia, “bunele maniere”, consumul de alcool, etc.), cele in care au fost implicati prieteni/amici (Maria Magdalena, Iuda, ucenicii, etc.) si scandaluri pornite din ceea ce a exprimat verbal(casatoria si divort, pedofilie, juraminte, pacatul de neiertat, etc.).

Isus a fost samanta de scandal inca de la inceput. Nu doar Iosif a ramas perturbat de nasterea sa miraculoasa; semnele de intrebare privind neimplicarea directa a partii masculine in conceperea sa nu s-a disipat prea usor. Oamenii l-au numit pe Isus – nu din simpatie – drept “fiul Mariei” tocmai pentru a accentua neclaritatea in privinta apartenetei paterne pe linia tatalui.

Isus a fost un om al strazii – homeless, bautor de vin, prezent la aceleasi party-uri cu vamesii si prostituatele, un sfidator la adresa unor reguli si percepte religioase.

Niciodata nu m-am gandit cat de ciudat a fost pentru cei din vremea sa faptul ca Isus nu s-a casatorit. Interesante detaliile pe care Dr. David Instone-Brewer le prezinta in carte despre eunuci si detaliul pe care Isus l-a adaugat acestei categorii.

Scandalurile plecate din invataturile sale – ca este vorba despre divort, abuzuri asupra copiilor sau alte juraminte – ar fi o paine calda si pentru amatorii de senzatii de astazi.

Cartea prezinta multe nuante din viata lui Isus ce pot funiza un bun start pentru programe media(zic si eu ca jurnalist…) provocand intelesuri prafuite si rearanjand imagini din Evanghelii despre cat de normal si provocator a fost Christos.

Liderii religiosi au fost mereu ofensati de compania pe care Isus a acceptat-o in jurul sau si care in opinia lor contrazicea apartenenta lui, intentiile sale bune. Sunt sigur ca daca ar trai astazi Isus ar fi blamat astazi de ceva evanghelici care banuitori ii vor cauta vre-un “schelet prin dulap”, indexandu-i fapte reprobabile si afirmatii deranjante.

Detaliile din context m-au ajutat sa vad cat de socante (greu de incadrat si acceptat) au fost unele din afirmatiile si actiunile lui Isus. Cartea te pozitioneaza intr-un punct de unde poti observa amanunte despre perspectiva istorica si culturala specifica acelei vremi.

Prezenta acestor “seminte de scandal” certifica o data in plus autenticitatea, veridicitatea si adevarul istoric al Evangheliilor.

“The Jesus Scandals – Why He shocked his contemporaries (and still shocks today)” nu discrediteaza crestinismul sub nici o forma. Dimpotriva reuseste sa intoarca mereu situatiile conflictuale oferind detalii despre intentia lui Dumnezeu in toate aceste evenimente.

Dr David Instone-Brewer este apreciat in mediul academic si este in present Senior Research Fellow in Rabbinics and the New Testament at Tyndale House in Cambridge.

 

I am thankful to Kregel Publications  to send to me this book through their blog tour promotion program. The opinions I have expressed are my own.

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Usually any scandal is highly coveted at any time. If the person is well known then is more interest and curiosity around it. The scandal is a platform for some propellant and a valley of despair for others. Children’s celebrities have always been followed, teased and some even have splash with pleasure in scandals. A book about scandals in the life of the Son of God, Jesus Christ, incite, is surprising but not in a way presented in the content of entertainment publications.

By “The Jesus Scandals – Why He shocked his contemporaries (and still shocks today)”, Kregel Publication gave me the opportunity to interact with a skillful writing teacher and connoisseur of Jewish culture – the environment in which they first spread words, actions, attitudes that Jesus disturbed, causing fractures in form and substance of Jewish religiosity.

Dr. David Instone-Brewer made an exciting and accurate approach highlighting various issues in the Jesus’s life – which brings accusation for the work, mission, and purpose.

The author classified into 3 parts scandals that Jesus caused or was involved: the presence in his life (fatherhood, bachelors, “good manners”, alcohol, etc.), those that were involved his friends  (Mary Magdalene, Judas, disciples, etc.) and scandals that started the expressed verbally (marriage and divorce, pedophilia, unforgivable sin, etc..).

Jesus was the seed of scandal from the beginning. Not only Joseph was disrupted about his miraculous birth. People called Jesus – not with sympathy – as “son of Mary” in order to enhance the blurring line about his father’s paternal affiliation.

I never thought how strange it was for those days that Jesus was never got married. Interesting details that Dr David Instone-Brewer expres about eunuchs and what Jesus added to this category.

Religious leaders have always been offended by the company that Jesus accepted around him and that in their opinion contradicted his membership, his good intentions. I am sure that if Jesus were alive today blamed today for some evangelicals who will look suspicious there a “skeleton in the closet.

The Gospels present Jesus as a homeless, drinker of wine, parting with tax collectors and prostitutes, a defiant against religious rules and precepts. Paradoxically of these “seeds of scandal” once again certify the authenticity, truth and historical truth of the Gospel.

Details of context helped me to see how shocking (hard to understand and accept) were some of the statements and actions of Jesus. Book positions you to a point where you can see details about specific cultural and historical perspective that time.

“The Jesus Scandals – Why He shocked HIS contemporaries (and still shocks today)” does not discrediting Christianity in any form.

Dr David Instone-Brewer is currently Senior Research Fellow in the New Testament and Rabbinics at Tyndale House in Cambridge. 

2 Comments

  1. multumesc.asa dupa cum ti-am mai zis, materialele de aici sunt nefinisate. cat despre acesta(si altele) daca l-ai putut citi, parcurge si intelege inseamna ca-ti merge mintea(chestia cu “cititorii mei sunt mai inteligenti decat cititorii altora” poate fi probata in acest context). and by the way…multumesc si pentru publicitatea de scandal facuta…

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