"Emmaus never happened. Emmaus always happens"
James Dominic Crossan on Luke 24:13-32 in Jesus: A Revolutionary Biography.
Again, I'm not saying it is agreeable, simply memorable!
posted by Chris Tilling @ 1:16 AM
i could swear i read this quote somewhere else, but i do have that book so maybe that's where it was from. quite memorable
I'm pretty sure his name's John Domininc Crossan.
Crossan didn't say that. Crossan always says that!
Oh, Crossan. That crazy cat. So mysterious.
I think this is a pericope very much like that of the woman caught in adultery: whether or not it actually happened, it clearly belongs to our store of Biblical resources for understanding the gospel message.
Is it objective/subjective question of truth? Did it really happen?
Didn't NT Wright quote it too in Jesus and the Victory of God (I think)?
I fliipin called him "James" ?????????? ????????????????????????? ??????????? ??????????OK, I was tired last night!Let's face it, that JOHN Dominic Crossan can be wonderfully eloquent.I found this quote in a Borg chapter in The Meaning of Jesus, though I am sure it is quoted in a number of places.
James:Wright quotes it in The Resurrection of the Son of God. I just happened to read that page today.
I suspect that Crossan's proposition was inspired by this passage from the prologue to the first novel Thomas Mann's Joseph Tetralogy, The Tales of Jacob: "For it is, always is, however much we may say It was . Thus speaks the myth, which is only the garment of the mystery . But the holiday garment of the mystery is the feast, the recurrent feast which bestrides the tenses and makes the has-been and the to-be present to the popular sense."
I like Price's memorable theological proposition: What does it mean to say "I believe the Bible?" How is that the same or different as saying, "I believe Hamlet, or, I believe the Illiad?"
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