Performing ‘The Duty of Discontent’ in Dialogue with Christian Strecker: A Plea for Cross-Cultural Historical Jesus Research

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This article is a response to the critical evaluation by Christian Strecker of my book, The Life of a Galilean Shaman: Jesus of Nazareth in Anthropological- Historical Perspective (Eugene, OR: Cascade, 2008; hereafter LGS). Anthropological historiography is set as an alternative framework to historical criticism for the discussion about Jesus as an historical figure. The dialogue with Strecker follows the three main categories of his evaluation; namely, the feasibility of a new historiographical paradigm for historical Jesus research, the shamanic complex as a cross-cultural analytical model and the testing of the shamanic hypothesis against the Gospel traditions.

Performing ‘The Duty of Discontent’ in Dialogue with Christian Strecker: A Plea for Cross-Cultural Historical Jesus Research

in Journal for the Study of the Historical Jesus




Robert J. Miller‘When It’s Futile to Argue about the Historical Jesus: A Response to Bock, Keener, and Webb’JSHJ 9.1 (2011): pp. 85-95 (89).


 See Robert L. Webb‘The Historical Enterprise and Historical Jesus Research’ in Key Events in the Life of the Historical Jesus: A Collaborative Exploration of Context and Coherence (ed. D.L. Bock and R.L. Webb; WUNT 247; Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck 2009) pp. 9-93; idem ‘The Rules of the Game: History and Historical Method in the Context of Faith: The Via Media of Methodological Naturalism’ JSHJ 9.1 (2011): 59-84; Maurice Casey Jesus of Nazareth: An Independent Historian’s Account of His Life and Teaching (London and New York: T&T Clark 2010).


Strecker‘“The Duty of Discontent”’ p. 257.


Thomas S. Kuhn‘Second Thoughts on Paradigms’ in The Essential Tension: Selected Studies in Scientific Tradition and Change (ed. Thomas S. Kuhn; Chicago: University of Chicago Press 1977) pp. 293-319.


Kuhn‘Second Thoughts’ p. 295.


Kuhn‘Second Thoughts’ p. 297.


Thomas S. KuhnThe Structure of Scientific Revolutions (2nd enlarged edn; International Encyclopedia of Unified Science, Foundations of the Unity of Science 2/2; Chicago: University of Chicago Press1970) p. 169.


Strecker‘“The Duty of Discontent”’ p. 257.


KuhnStructure of Scientific Revolutions p. 111.


KuhnStructure of Scientific Revolutions pp. 109 111.


Strecker‘“The Duty of Discontent”’ p. 266.


 See e.g. Alice Beck KehoeShamans and Religion: An Anthropological Exploration in Critical Thinking (Prospect Heights, IL: Waveland2000).


Benson Saler‘Conceptualizing Religion: Some Recent Reflections’Religion 38.3 (2008) pp. 219-225 (222).


Eva J.N. Fridman‘Preface’ in Shamanism: An Encyclopedia of World Beliefs Practices and Culture (ed. M.N. Walter and E.J.N. Fridman; Santa Barbara CA: ABC-CLIO 2004) pp. xi-xiii.


Christopher Chippindale‘Comment on “The Role of Shamanism in Mesoamerican Art: A Reassessment”’Current Anthropology 43.3 (2002) pp. 402-403 (402).


Saler‘Conceptualizing Religion’ p. 220 (italics original).


Mari Womack‘Emics, Etics, “Ethics” and Shamans’Anthropology News 42.3 (2001) p. 7.


 See J. David Lewis-Williams‘On Sharpness and Scholarship in the Debate on “Shamanism”’Current Anthropology 45.3 (2004) p. 404.


Strecker‘“The Duty of Discontent”’ p. 271.


Strecker‘“The Duty of Discontent”’ p. 271.


Pieter F. Craffert‘Altered States of Consciousness: Visions, Spirit Possession, Sky Journeys’ in Understanding the Social World of the New Testament (ed. D. Neufeld and R.E. DeMaris; London and New York: Routledge 2010) pp. 126-46.


 See Pieter F. Craffert‘“I ‘Witnessed’ the Raising of the Dead”: Resurrection Accounts in a Neuroanthropological Perspective’Neot 45.1 (2011): 1-29 as an example.


Strecker‘“The Duty of Discontent”’ p. 262.


Strecker‘“The Duty of Discontent”’ p. 274.

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