The Wisdom of Jesus
Between the Sages of Israel and the Apostles of the Church
Imprint: Cascade Books
"Hedrick distills a lifetime of learning as he invites and equips us to learn from the wisdom of Jesus in the only way one can learn wisdom: by thinking along with it. Those willing to benefit from Hedrick's expert guidance and ponder the historical Jesus's shrewd observations, dark humor, and paradoxical perspectives, run the real (and exhilarating) risk of changing their minds about what they thought they knew."
--Robert J. Miller, Professor of Religious Studies, Juniata College, Huntingdon, PA
"Basing his construction of the distinctive figure of Jesus on the Jesus Seminar's minimal reconstruction of the authentic sayings of Jesus, Hedrick contrasts him with both the earlier tradition of Israel and the later tradition of the church. Both those who affirm this approach and those who challenge it can be informed by this provocative study."
--M. Eugene Boring, I. Wylie and Elizabeth M. Briscoe Professor of New Testament emeritus, Brite Divinity School, Texas Christian University, Fort Worth, TX
"Building upon the Jesus Seminar's inventory of authentic Jesus sayings, Hedrick provides an analysis that is informed by Israel's literary context as much as by its historical context. A genuine strength of Hedrick's book is its appreciation for the artistry of those sayings. Hedrick respects the enigmatic quality of Jesus's teachings; he does not attempt to impose a normative meaning upon them. This truly is an important book for scholars, and it is accessible for laypersons."
--Perry Kea, Associate Professor, University of Indianapolis, Indianapolis, IN
"Charles Hedrick takes the reader on a fascinating exploration of the distinctive wisdom discourse of Jesus that sets him apart from early Christian wisdom and the ancient sages of Israel. Hedrick's careful analysis, which recognizes the collective work of the Jesus Seminar, concludes with a consideration of images of Jesus penned by six contemporary historical Jesus scholars and, finally, gives his own impression of Jesus as a first-century idiosyncratic Jewish wisdom teacher from Galilee."
--W. Barnes Tatum, Jefferson-Pilot Professor emeritus of Religion and Philosophy, Greensboro College, Greensboro, NC
"Charles Hedrick's The Wisdom of Jesus presents a major advancement in the quest for the voiceprint of the historical Jesus. Resolute and focused, this study builds critically and with nuance on the monumental work of the Jesus Seminar. . . . He invites readers to realize that while a detailed biography of Jesus is no longer possible, precisely from the fragments of a complex tradition a shrewd artisan's wisdom can be encountered."
--Arthur J. Dewey, Professor of Theology, Xavier University, Cincinnati, OH