Jesus 's Role As A Reformer Of Judaism

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Among many aporiaes included in Burton Mack 's list in his scholarly text, On Redescribing Christian Origins, is "The notion that Jesus was a reformer of Judaism" (Mack 249). Mack hold the view that a "redescription of Christian origins would ultimately have to account for the emergence of the gospels themselves" (Mack 248) and such that, "presents a proposal for a redescription of Christian origins" (Mack 248). In the "The Gospel According to Mark," there are examples where Jesus 's role as a reformer of Judaism serves both a "mythmaking" (Mack 256) and "social function" (Mack 254) and because of his role in early Christian society, the culture of Jewish people in a time of transition due to new ideas can be observed. By consolidating the interests of the people in early Christian society, the myths portray Jesus in a way that gives them a reason to follow him mainly because they desire reasoning for the persecution occurring at the time. Before delving into the subject of Jesus as a reformer, the concept of mythmaking and social must be explored. As we all know, the emergence of Christianity involves a group of people whom gathered together beneath the same religious experience. Similar to nationalism, "the myths, rituals, symbols, beliefs and patterns of thinking [...] are shared by a people" (Mack 254). This means that religion involves a society and thus holds a social function. The Mack article continues to explain how people construct societies and the tensions…
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