Richard Horsley is distinguished professor emeritus of liberal arts and the study of religion at the University of Massachusetts, Boston, and author of The Prophet Jesus and the Renewal of Israel. His next volume with Eerdmans, John, Jesus, and the Renewal of Israel is due out this November.
In The Prophet Jesus and the Renewal of Israel, Horsley draws on his wide-ranging earlier scholarship to refocus and reformulate investigation of the historical Jesus in a thoroughly relational-contextual approach. He recognizes that the sources for the historical Jesus are not collections of individual sayings, but rather the sustained Gospel narratives of Jesus’ mission. Horsley’s new approach finds Jesus the popular prophet engaged in a movement of renewal, resistance, and judgment against Roman imperialism, Jerusalem rulers, and the Pharisees.
Shortly after the release of his latest book, Horsley sat down with Internet marketing manager Rachel Bomberger to talk about its central ideas and arguments. You can find their conversation in its entirety below. Enjoy!