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

Bell, Richard H. (2017) Richard Wagner’s prose sketches for Jesus of Nazareth: historical and theological reflections on an uncompleted opera. Journal for Study of the Historical Jesus, 15 (2-3). pp. 260-290. ISSN 1745-5197

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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.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: christology; freedom; law; redemption; Richard Wagner; sacrifice
Schools/Departments: University of Nottingham, UK > Faculty of Arts > School of Humanities > Department of Theology and Religious Studies
Identification Number: 10.1163/17455197-01502007
Depositing User: Eprints, Support
Date Deposited: 18 Sep 2017 11:09
Last Modified: 14 Dec 2017 15:10
URI: http://eprints.nottingham.ac.uk/id/eprint/46475

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