Markus Vinzent’s “Questionable Methodological Assumptions and Procedures” in Christ’s Resurrection–James Carlton Paget’s JSNT Review Article

Posted: September 6, 2012 in General
Read this review article on Markus Vinzent’s Christ’s Resurrection in Early Christianity and the Meaning of the New Testament @ Ferdie Mulder’s blog here.
[There are two ways in which one can take Markus Vinzent’s Christ’s Resurrection in Early Christianity and the Meaning of the New Testament, says Cambridge’s James Carlton Paget:
“(A)t one level it is about the reception of the idea of the resurrection in early Christian history, arguing a distinctive case, systematically and clearly. At another level … it is a book about Marcion’s apparently huge influence on the developing Christian church. The first argument is in a sense a supporting cog in the second, more significant one, which is built upon additional observations and so could survive without the former, even if that is not the way Vinzent seeks to present his case – for him the presence, disappearance and re-emergence of a resurrection-based soteriology can only be explained by reference to Marcion’s growing influence” (my emphasis).
I was delighted to read Paget’s twenty seven page review of Vinzent’s book this morning in the latest edition of the JSNT (35) 1, pp 76-102. This was so, partly because I sat next to Paget a few months ago while he and Judith Lieu discussed the book at Cambridge’s Senior New Testament Seminar (with the likes of Simon Gathercole, Richard Bauckham, Peter Head etc making contributions), but also, because I found corroboration on important points between his article and my review which I did for Theology (115 [2], 123-124).
Obviously aware of copy write regulations, I thought it worthwhile to quote just a few bits and pieces from Paget’s article that might hopefully lead to further clarifications, and maybe fruitful discussions. I interpret as I go along, and please remember, it is only a foretaste of Paget’s extensive review!]
  1. Thanks so much for drawing the attention to my book and the review. For those who want to read an initial reaction to this extensive review of 27 pages – a detailed will certainly follow, but needs a bit time, here the link to my blog:
    Yours Markus

  2. Thanks to Mark Vinzent for the excellent contribution to the scholarly world. Frederik Mulder is my colleague @ Radboud Universiteit Nijmegen. We both do PhD under Prof. Jan van der Watt. Your writing looks very excellent and I am looking forward for your blog updates.

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