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dc.contributor.advisorLang, T. J.
dc.contributor.authorCastaneda, Benjamin E.
dc.description.abstractIn this thesis I examine how Jesus is remembered in the epistles of James, 1–2 Peter, and Jude. Working along reception-historical lines and drawing on insights from social memory theory, I investigate how the authors serve as tradents and interpreters of Jesus’s words and works. This study particularly focuses on the question of function: what do the authors do with Jesus traditions (JT), and how does using JT further the authors’ rhetorical goals? I demonstrate that each text reformulates JT in service of a variety of theological, polemical, and pastoral goals. In James, the author uses JT to portray Jesus implicitly as the messianic king whose interpretation of the Mosaic Torah constitutes the recipient communities as the first fruits of the eschatologically renewed Israel. JT is further used in James to portray Jesus as the coming eschatological judge. In 1 Peter, Jesus’s teaching and example function as a grammar for the Christian life and are repeatedly used to reorient the recipients to their new identity in union with Christ. In 2 Peter and Jude, the authors draw on JT to undermine the appeal of the false teachers and their eschatological skepticism, and to support the apostolic interpretation of the Jewish scriptures regarding the parousia of Jesus. Finally, throughout this thesis I demonstrate that JT also serve a hermeneutical function, being used repeatedly by the authors as an interpretive lens through which Jewish scriptural traditions are re-read.en_US
dc.subjectCatholic Epistlesen_US
dc.subjectJesus traditionsen_US
dc.subjectSocial memoryen_US
dc.subjectReception historyen_US
dc.subject1 Peteren_US
dc.subject2 Peteren_US
dc.subject.lcshBible. Catholic Epistles--Criticism, interpretation, etcen
dc.subject.lcshBible. James--Criticism, interpretation, etcen
dc.subject.lcshBible. Peter--Criticism, interpretation, etcen
dc.subject.lcshBible. Jude--Criticism, interpretation, etcen
dc.titleRemembering Jesus in James, Peter, Jude : the function of Jesus traditions in epistolary argumentationen_US
dc.type.qualificationnamePhD Doctor of Philosophyen_US
dc.publisher.institutionThe University of St Andrewsen_US
dc.rights.embargoreasonThesis restricted in accordance with University regulations. Restricted until 12th January 2028en

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