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Jesus and the Fundamentalism of His Day
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Jesus and the Fundamentalism of His Day


Eerdmans 2001

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In Jesus and the Fundamentalism of His Day, Loader investigates each of the four Gospels, as well as the major streams of tradition that stand behind them. What emerges from this fascinating study is a diverse range of interpretations of Jesus. Mark depicts a Jesus prepared to jettison some parts of biblical law. Matthew and Luke, following “Q,” portray a Jesus who remained fully observant of the Torah and made his impact though the placement of emphasis. John, by contrast, has Jesus assume the qualities of divine law within himself, never disparaging its requirements though for him they are no longer in force. Loader sets these diverse pictures of Jesus side by side, highlighting both their similarities and their differences, and exploring the implications of his study for interpreting the Bible today.

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Key Features

  • Investigates each of the four Gospels
  • Discusses a diverse range of interpretations of Jesus


  • Before Mark: People Matter Most, Not Laws
  • Mark: Dispensing with Externals
  • Q: Dispensing with Nothing, but Getting the Priorities Right
  • Matthew: Radical Obedience to God’s Law
  • Luke: Radical Commitment to People in Need and to Israel
  • John: Sole Loyalty to Life and Truth
  • Conclusion: Interpreting Scripture Today

Praise for the Print Edition

William Loader has written the book we all need. In our time of rapid change he looks back to Jesus and the Gospel traditions to find guidance for our approach to Scripture. How did Jesus assess the traditions he received? How did his earliest interpreters? Loader’s study points the way forward for all who have a passion for the givenness of our Christian past and the exhilarating experience of the present.

Francis J. Moloney, senior professorial fellow, Australian Catholic University

In this new work, as in all his writings, Loader proves himself a judicious scholar with a profound command of the secondary literature in the field.

John P. Meier, Catholic priest and professor of New Testament, University of Notre Dame

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About William Loader

William Loader is professor emeritus of New Testament at Murdoch University in Perth, Australia. He is the author of numerous books including Philo, Josephus, and the Testaments on Sexuality, The Pseudepigrapha on Sexuality, The Dead Sea Scrolls on Sexuality, and Enoch, Levi, and Jubilees on Sexuality.

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