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.
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).
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.
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.