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Title: The Stigma of a Glutton and Drunkard
Subtitle: Q 7,34 in Historical and Sociological Perspective
Author(s): WITETSCHEK, Stephan
Journal: Ephemerides Theologicae Lovanienses
Volume: 83    Issue: 1   Date: 2007   
Pages: 135-154
DOI: 10.2143/ETL.83.1.2021745

Abstract :
In Q 7,34 (Matt 11,19 par. Luke 7,34) Jesus is labelled “a glutton and drunkard, a friend of sinful toll-farmers”. The Q saying in which Jesus reacts to blame uttered by “this generation” is often considered to be an authentic saying of Jesus. The present contribution is devoted to two questions: (1) Is this saying really “authentic”? And if so, what does “authentic” mean, given the recent developments in historical-Jesus research? (2) Can the saying and the behaviour of Jesus it reflects be understood in terms of the sociological concept of self-stigmatization?

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