Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Is the Historical Jesus lost?

If you are even slightly interested in how some leading scholars have attempted to construct the Historical Jesus and the methodology behind their approach, please check out the four posts beginning January 29 by April DeConick at The Forbidden Gospels blog, succinctly titled: "The Jesus Seminar is Bankrupt."

If you are not familiar with April and think this is a conservative Christian rant about "liberal scholarship," you will be very much mistaken. She is the Isla Carroll and Percy E. Turner Professor of Biblical Studies at Rice University, and these posts, along with one entitled "Is the Historical Jesus lost," are a clear and level-headed critique of the methodology used by many scholars to arrive at their portrait of Jesus.

April's conclusion is that the Jesus of history may very well be lost to us. What we have are memory constructions of him by Christians writing long after he was dead.

Finally, one of her recent posts asks: "Should the Historical Jesus matter to people of faith?" April here reflects on the impact of her research on people of faith. Please note the comments on this particular post, especially the comment by Magdalene6127. Click here to visit April's blog.

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