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Extra resources for The New Testament Interpreted: Essays in Honor of Bernard C. Lategan (Supplements to Novum Testamentum)
But why then would he so often do this almost anonymously? In his pleas for theology taking the third public seriously, Lategan often argued explicitly that theology “needs to transcend itself in the sense that it becomes anonymous” (his own italics). He also describes this kind of theology as camouﬂaged (following Tracy) or secular— “a discourse no longer formulated in recognisable theological language, but eﬀectively translating theological concepts in a public discourse accessible to participants from other discourses, and in a form that is genuinely ‘public’”.
When making important Christological or soteriological statements, “Paul shows no trace of the inﬂuence of the theologically central aﬃrmations of Jesus’ preaching” (1989, 63). The question why he did not refer to Jesus is intensiﬁed by the fact that we know that Paul knew some synoptic tradition (as demonstrated, for example, by 1 Cor 7). If Paul knew more of the synoptic tradition, why did he not use that tradition? Why did he not refer to more sayings of Jesus? On the other hand, some scholars have always maintained that, for those who have eyes to see, there are many more references to Jesus’ life and words than are observed at ﬁrst glance.
Paul’s Christology and soteriology are to a large extent based and shaped by the death and resurrection of Jesus, to which the earthly Jesus could not refer to in his teachings. The one statement in the synoptic gospels which does refer to Jesus’ death in a soteriological fashion (Mark 10:45: “For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many”) does closely resemble Paul’s theology. If it is not an authentic saying of Jesus, it shows at 42 g.