Creating Jesus Ground Rules
We must say "no" to the miraculous
Essentially she is trying to answer the question of how did the early Christians come to believe Jesus was God. While the series isn't finished I suspect she is going in the direction of the typical mainstream scholarship: Jesus died, the apostles were bummed they try and make sense of it so they attach importance to his death as a center piece of their theology it gets tied to savior god myths.... I'll keep reading because Dr. DeConick is sharp.
But I thought the rules pretty good. So I'm going to repeat them here in my own words
- No apologetics. Study this history the way you would any other.
- No miracles or supernatural events.
- No heresy. We treat all ancient authors equally, not giving weight to the eventual winners.
- Religions develop in religious communities they don't fall out of the sky.
- All sources have human authorship.
- The sources were written by people in the midst of events, the authors don't understand how events will turn out.
- The authors are not neutral. They are writing apology and polemic and propaganda, and they need to be deconstructed as those.
- Our sources are dependent on the human being: physiologically, psychologically, emotionally, socially.