Monday, October 26, 2015

An Interview With Antonio Piñero About The Historical Jesus (Part 2)

The present series is an interview with Antonio Piñero conducted by Kike R. Tremiño. It was originally published on the "La crónica social" by the magazine Servimedia on October 9, 2008.

Part 1 is available here.

AP: Let's continue with the first question: "Is it correct to say that the following is your thesis concerning Jesus of Nazareth? –He is a strict Jew, an unorthodox Pharisee, influenced by the Essenes in his belief in the imminence of the end of the world, and that the rest of the Christian doctrine is the work of Paul."

Despite his quarrels with other Pharisees who appear in the Gospels, it seems as if Jesus, by the ideas he expounds or the manner in which he discusses the Scriptures, is one of them, although he cannot be tied to any particular group. Why? Because he is someone who is outside the center of power and one who has his own ideas. In any event, though, we can say that Jesus does not break away from the law of Moses. Although he discusses it and tries to delve into it to find the heart of the law, he wants to obey it in the strictest sense. He goes to the temple, the observes the holy days, and, at the end of his days, he was believed to be the Messiah of Israel based on all the religious criteria of his time. An institution like the of the Eucharist, as outlined in 1 Cor. 11:23ff. by Paul, does not fit at all with the person of Jesus that we find in the Synoptic Gospels. The passage in Paul and what we find in the Synoptics should be interpreted differently. What we see in the Gospels is a man deeply religious and resolved in his faith.

When I say that Paul is the founder of the stream of thought that today flows into Catholicism and various Protestant denominations, I mean that the disciples of Jesus, as it has always happened with all the charismatic persons, has reinterpreted him in their own way and in different ways. Paul is but one of those disciples, and he reinterprets the person and mission of Jesus in his own way.

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