HOW HISTORIOGRAPHY CREATES (SOME) BODY: JESUS, THE SON OF DAVID – ROYAL STOCK OR SOCIAL CONSTRUCT?

Pieter F. Craffert

Abstract


In this study it is argued that the very question of whether Jesus was, indeed, a son
of David is the product of a particular historiographical paradigm and that how
things were in his life probably did not include royal ancestry. Instead, it is
suggested that it is likely that Jesus’ biography in Galilee was credited with a royal
ancestry in order to acknowledge his social standing. This position is based on an
alteration of the historiographical paradigm used, rather than any new data being
investigated. In an exercise of how historiographical paradigms shape data into
evidence, traditional historiography in Jesus research is compared to anthropological
historiography as a new paradigm in historical thinking.

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.7833/90-0-1052

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