Richard H. Bell
Richard Wagner’s prose sketches for Jesus of Nazareth: historical and theological reflections on an uncompleted opera
Bell, Richard H.
In May 1849 Wagner fled Dresden after the failure of the uprising of which he was a leader. His last creative work in Dresden was prose sketches for an opera Jesus of Nazareth, the result of his study of the Graeco-Roman world and the New Testament together with some knowledge of biblical criticism. Although he portrays Jesus as a social revolutionary in that he attacks the Pharisees, oppression and injustice, he is by no means a political messiah; indeed Wagner emphases his sacrificial death which results in the giving of the Holy Spirit. Key theological themes of the work which I explore include Jesus’ messiahship, law and freedom, and the significance of his death.
|Journal Article Type||Article|
|Journal||Journal for Study of the Historical Jesus|
|Publisher||Brill Academic Publishers|
|Peer Reviewed||Peer Reviewed|
|APA6 Citation||Bell, R. H. (in press). Richard Wagner’s prose sketches for Jesus of Nazareth: historical and theological reflections on an uncompleted opera. Journal for the Study of the Historical Jesus, 15(2-3), https://doi.org/10.1163/17455197-01502007|
|Keywords||christology; freedom; law; redemption; Richard Wagner; sacrifice|
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