Historical Jesus, Reading

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Bart Ehrman annoys me to no end. Don't get me wrong. I love reading his books most of the time. He's one of my favorite apostates. (And I use this term in the correct Greek sense. It means "to stand away from.") What annoys me about Ehrman is the way he uses rapid fire statements… Continue reading Allow me to interrupt your interruption

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Historical Jesus, Theology

Historical Jesus pt 4 – The Historical Record

In history, as in journalism, second-hand is usually as good as it gets. We can't speak as historians. But as journalists, we find those Gospel discrepancies very reassuring. That's how real events get reported. - Ted Byfield1 One of the harshest realities for Christians to accept is that we do, to a certain extent, recreate… Continue reading Historical Jesus pt 4 – The Historical Record

Historical Jesus, Theology

Historical Jesus, pt 3 – Breaking Down the Narrative

The historical Jesus is summoned, but the image who appears too often is a (thinly disguised) version of ourselves. - Paula Fredricksen1 In order to “properly” dissect the gospels to discover the historical Jesus, the Jesus Seminar and other "Jesus Scholars" make certain assumptions made about the texts. Paula Fredricksen candidly points out that, as… Continue reading Historical Jesus, pt 3 – Breaking Down the Narrative

Historical Jesus, Theology

Historical Jesus, pt 2 – The New Spirituality

Learning precisely who wrote the gospels may be beyond us. But it may be more important to learn how the church did, and does, tell the story of Jesus vitally in each new generation. - John P. Meier1 Inherent in the development of Jesus scholarship was the development of a new, strange mold of spirituality.… Continue reading Historical Jesus, pt 2 – The New Spirituality

Historical Jesus, Theology

Historical Jesus, pt 1 – The Demotion of Jesus

This week, I will be posting a series of discussions on the Jesus Seminar. These documents were originally written in 2006 in response to reading the works of the Seminar and several of its prominent members. If you are unaware of the work of the Jesus Seminar, you have only to pick up any of… Continue reading Historical Jesus, pt 1 – The Demotion of Jesus