I include the closing of the review here. I'll let Christine respond to the rest, but I appreciate Syreeni's closing interrogative, as I think he has perceptively noted what this methodological shift can entail. He's actually entirely right that Jacobi's conclusions are open to different interpretations, because what one considers "maximalist" or "minimalist" is entirely based on what one is after in the first place.
"All in all, the book contains a series of meticulous analyses of Paul’s use, or nonuse, of
Jesus traditions. Both the merits and the problems of the book depend on its presentic,
contextual concept of memory. What we have here is nothing less than a new paradigm in
the study of Paul and Jesus traditions. This paradigm offers no easy routes from Jesus to
Paul. The proponents of a maximalist view may not find the new paradigm persuasive, yet they would do well to reconsider the concept of Jesus tradition. Not all early Christian
tradition is Jesus tradition, and not all use of traditional motifs and topoi is tantamount to
transmitting fixed traditions.
However, the new paradigm may not be quite so new after all. The reader may be left
wondering whether this is essentially much else than the Bultmannian line of reasoning.
At the same time, it seems that the paradigm is open to quite contrary hermeneutical
assessments. The back cover text articulates the minimalist conclusion straightforwardly:
“Im Licht des Christusgeschehens entwickeln Paulus und das frühe Christentum ethische
Überzeugungen, die später in den Evangelien als Worte Jesu weitergegeben werden.” By
contrast, the Jesus blog welcomes Jacobi as their new contributor by describing her book
as follows: “In this study, Jacobi argues that restricting consideration of Paul’s knowledge
of the Jesus tradition to mining his epistles for words and sayings of Jesus from the Synoptics is ill-conceived. One must, according to Jacobi, be more attuned to Paul’s own conceptualization of Jesus and the Jesus tradition. Focusing particularly on his usage of ‘in the Lord,’ she demonstrates that Paul ‘receives’ ‘Jesus’ as more of a hermeneutical sphere or orientation toward the past than anything else, and thus his reception of Jesus and Jesus tradition amounts to much more than simply repeating some words that Jesus may have said” (http://historicaljesusresearch.blogspot.com/2015/09/christine-jacobi-joins-jesus-blog.html). Perhaps, then, less is more?"