Not a Tame Lion
An engaging theologian questions the Jesus of modern scholars.
Reviewed by Jeremy Lott
I don't know this book myself, but the review is entertaining. I would like to comment on one aspect of it, however, since I am sceptical about how Lott characterises the approach:
McClymond is a theologian and not a text critic or a language scholar, so he is inclined to pull strands of information together, rather than apart. He challenges the sometimes narrow field of biblical studies by insisting that the distinctions that seem so important for conference papers and journal articles are not significant for helping most Christians to understand the life and message of Jesus of Nazareth.I am not sure that I am happy with the notion that text critics and language scholars pull strands of information apart, and I'd also dispute the concern about "the sometimes narrow field of biblical studies". I would not expect academic conference papers and journal articles to be helpful for "most Christians". That is not their target. Biblical studies takes its place in the academy alongside related and other disciplines where it is practised by scholars from a variety of backgrounds. I do think that is is important for all of us, and not only those of us who are Christians, to attempt to communicate our scholarship to the wider world, including Christians, but that is never going to be the primary goal of the academic conference or the academic journals.