Redneck JesusA while ago, Jeff Carter posted about the difficulty in taking the gospel account as the story is actually presented, without reading our own assumptions into it. Specifically, the fact that Jesus would have been – being from Nazareth – a “redneck.”

I have to be careful when reading the gospels because I have a tendency to imagine Jesus as being intellectual, and sophisticated, as being at the same time urbane and uncouth – a sort of 1st century hipster, too cool for those in power. In my unguarded moments I imagine Jesus like this because this is how I like think of myself.

The post is very short and worth reading. Carter concludes that he may well have been among those who would have been blinded by prejudice. It’s something of a lesson in how we associate things like dialect/accent with intelligence, even though there’s really no reason to do so.