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Richard Wagner’s prose sketches for Jesus of Nazareth: historical and theological reflections on an uncompleted opera

Bell, Richard H.

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Richard H. Bell



Abstract

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
Print ISSN 1476-8690
Electronic ISSN 1745-5197
Publisher Brill Academic Publishers
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 15
Issue 2-3
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
DOI https://doi.org/10.1163/17455197-01502007
Keywords christology; freedom; law; redemption; Richard Wagner; sacrifice
Publisher URL http://booksandjournals.brillonline.com/content/journals/10.1163/17455197-01502007
Copyright Statement Copyright information regarding this work can be found at the following address: http://eprints.nottingh.../end_user_agreement.pdf

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