Anthony Le Donne

Essays

"The Improper Temple Offering of Ananias and Sapphira"
This essay was published in
New Testament Studies 59.3 (2013): 346-364.

In Acts 1–7, the Holy Spirit functions as the restored temple presence of the Lord that will restore the kingdom to Israel via the Ekklesia. The Holy Spirit acts through the Ekklesia as one would expect the Lord's temple presence to act. When Barnabas, Ananias, and Sapphira bring their offerings to the temple, they place them at the feet of the leadership of the new religio-fiscal center of restored Israel. As proof that the Lord's presence has indwelled this eschatological temple community, an improper act can, and does in this case, result in immediate death.


The Condition of Ultra-Modernity in My Historical Jesus
Prepared for The Bible and Interpretation (online professional journal).

In this short essay, I discuss the much used, but little understood term "postmodern".  Because I use this term several times in my Historical Jesus (Eerdmans, 2011), this essay explains my understanding of the concept.  I am interested in postmodern thought as it relates to what historians do and think about when they write history.


The Quest of the Historical Jesus: A Revisionist History through the Lens of Jewish-Christian Relations
prepared for: Journal for the Study of the Historical Jesus 10.1 (2012): 63-86.

This  essay  challenges  the  standard  paradigm  for  the  intellectual  history  of  ‘Jesus  Quests’  popularized  by  Albert  Schweitzer  and  mimicked  by  almost  every survey since. I argue that historical reconstruction begins at least with Augustine (perhaps sooner) and with an eye to Jewish-Christian relations. By analyzing key moments in the intellectual history of Jesus studies, I argue that a common thread has been Jewish-Christian relations. This thread suggests that an important (perhaps seminal) impetus for study of the historical Jesus before the Enlightenment and through to the modern period has been largely neglected by the standard ‘Jesus Quests’ paradigm.



The Rise of the Quest for an Authentic Jesus: An Introduction to the Crumbling Foundations of Jesus Research
Prepared for
Jesus, Criteria, and the Demise of Authenticity (London: Bloomsbury, 2012).

 This is the introduction to my book Jesus, Criteria, and the Demise of Authenticity (co-edited with Chris Keith). In this chapter, I introduce the emergence of the concept of "authenticity" in German Romanticism and the parallel use of the concept among American seminarians. I also discuss the emergence of the traditional "authenticity criteria" in Jesus research. I conclude by briefly outlining the chapters of this book, including abstracts of the essays by Keith, Schroeter, Stuckenbruck, myself, Winter, Goodacre, Rodriguez, McKnight, and Allison.


"Synopsis of The Historiographical Jesus"
Prepared for the Society of Biblical Literature Annual Meeting in Atlanta (2010). Bible in Ancient and Modern Media panel book review.

This synopsis represents my portion of the live panel book review featuring my first book. The reviewers included Paula Fredriksen (Boston University), Chris Keith (Lincoln Christian University), and Barry Schwartz (University of Georgia). Here I summarize the central thesis of my PhD dissertation and subsequent Baylor publication. It was quite an odd experience to refine four years of my life into a fifteen minute synopsis! That said, doing so was invaluable for me as helped to reinforce my educational foundation and prepare me for my next research project.


A Diachronic Approach to Perception and Memory,
or Why a Synchronic Jesus should be a Topic of Historical Criticism

Prepared for The Bible and Interpretation (online professional journal).

In this short essay, I argue that while new "memory approaches" to Jesus research tend toward synchronic interests, new advances in memory theory can also help us rethink historical Jesus research. I suggest that both Mark's trial narrative and Jesus' words after his Temple demonstration in John 2:19-22 are examples of "counter-memory".
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