The discussions about the "Historical Jesus" are now perhaps the most popular topic of debate, if not in New Testament studies, then certainly in Gospel studies. In this volume of essays, The Historical Jesus: Five Views myriad positions are set forth, and critiqued, and responded too. Includes leading scholars from several perspectives including Robert M. Price, John Dominic Crossan, Luke Timothy Johnson, James D.G. Dunn, and Darrell L. Bock.For professors who want to introduce their students to this discussion, this book is an excellent resource as the major positions on the "Historical Jesus" are thoughtfully set out and critiqued. It would thus be an excellent text book to generate discussion, or simply as an added read for a college level course.
John Dominic Crossan is professor emeritus in the department of teligious studies at DePaul University in Chicago. He has lectured to lay and scholarly audiences across the United States as well as in Ireland and England, Scandinavia and Finland, Australia and New Zealand, Brazil, Japan, and South Africa. He has been interviewed on 200 radio stations, including four times on NPRs with Terry Gross.
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"James K. Beilby and Paul Rhodes Eddy succeed not only in identifying the major trends but also in bringing to the surface some of the assumptions in current historical Jesus research. They offer a sympathetic review of some of the major exponents of Jesus research from Reimarus up to the present day."
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"The quest to construct a historically credible presentation of Jesus is now in its third iteration, and herein five top-ranked scholars set forth their cases and critique one another, resulting in a lively give-and-take. The resultant debate is evenhanded and illuminating, setting clear, stark alternatives before the reader. Highly recommended."
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