Jesus the Holy Fool

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Rowman & Littlefield, 1999 - Religion - 281 pages
Richly written, Jesus the Holy Fool combines diverse images from religious traditions, world literature, Jungian archetype, and Scripture. Weaving the best theology and spirituality, Jesus the Holy Fool is a fresh and inviting Christology. The Scriptures tell us that religious leaders thought Jesus was "possessed," and his own family thought he was "crazy." In his open table fellowship, choice of followers, radical passion, and his death and resurrection, Jesus was willing to appear as a fool for the sake of God's reign. His teachings--especially the parables, paradoxes, and the beatitudes--advocate a way of life that is grounded in Holy Foolishness. Through an archetypal examination of the fool motif as it applies to Jesus in the Gospels, Jesus the Holy Fool develops the connections between holiness and folly. Offering new insights into Christology and exploring its practical pastoral ramifications, Jesus the Holy Fool presents Holy Foolishness as a paradigm for the Christian journey and as a new model of what it means for us to be church.
 

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Contents

Jesus and Human Folly
15
Christ as Archetype of the Self
18
Plain Fool Versus Holy Fool
27
The Holy Foolishness of Jesus
33
Fool as Archetype
35
The Trickster
37
The Fool as Professional
39
The Fool as Scapegoat and Sage
45
To the Religious Establishment Jesus Was a Blasphemer
134
To Many Jesus Was Possessed
135
The Passion Narratives
136
Jesus Is Mocked by the Religious Powers
137
Jesus Is Mocked by the Secular Powers
139
Possible Sources for the Passion Narratives
142
Jesus Is Mocked by Spectators
144
The Last Laugh
147

The Fool as Spiritual Quester
48
Biblical Precursors of the Holy Fool
51
Jesus and Divine Folly The Foolishness of God in Creation and Election
55
The Infancy Narratives
67
The Embarrassing Baptism
73
Rejection in Nazareth
74
Jesus in Bad Company
75
Jesus Folly and Conventional Wisdom
77
Jesus and Shabbat
79
Jesus and Torah
82
Jesus and the Temple
84
The Foolishness of Jesus Teachings
90
The Consciousness of a Child
91
The Sermon on the Mount
95
The Parables
104
The Way of Paradox
113
Jesus and Prayer
120
Jesus and Healing
122
Name Calling
130
To His Family Jesus Was Mad
131
To His Opponents Jesus Was a Sinner
133
The Spirit as Intoxicator
149
Pentecost and Inspired Speech
151
The Spirit and the Early Church
154
The Effects of the Spirit
157
Costly Grace
159
The Folly of Baptism
164
The Foolishness of the Trinity
166
Christian Faith and Folly Holy Foolishness and Inculturation
171
Relationship with Jesus the Holy Fool
175
Fools for Christs Sake
184
Holy Fools and Russian Piety
187
Holy Foolishness and Christian Spirituality
194
Holy Foolishness and Worship
205
Holy Foolishness and Justice
211
Holy Foolishness and a New Ecclesiology
223
Conclusion
239
Notes
243
Topical Bibliography
263
Index
277
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About the author (1999)

Elizabeth-Anne Stewart (formerly Vanek), holds a joint appointment with the Departments of University Ministry and
Religious Studies at DePaul University, Chicago. Author of From Centre to Circumference: God's Place in the Centre of Self, Image Guiding and Healing, and more than 80 articles on spirituality, she has also published three collections of poetry and has served on ICEL's subcommittee on the liturgical psalter.

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