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Historical Jesus

Jesus Existed

Craig S. Keener | Posted 09.07.2012 | Religion
Craig S. Keener

What movement would make up a recent leader, executed by a Roman governor for treason, and then declare, "We're his followers"? If they wanted to commit suicide, there were simpler ways to do it.

Bart Ehrman's New Portrayal Of Jesus Is Surprisingly Sympathetic

Posted 04.03.2012 | Religion

By Yonat Shimron Religion News Service CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (RNS) For years, nonbelievers rejoiced at the publication of a new book by New Testament ...

The Archaeological Evidence for Jesus

Craig A. Evans | Posted 05.26.2012 | Religion
Craig A. Evans

The archaeological evidence shows that Jesus grew up in a small village, Nazareth, about four miles from Sepphoris, a prominent city in the early first century C.E.

Did Jesus Exist?

Bart D. Ehrman | Posted 05.20.2012 | Religion
Bart D. Ehrman

One may well choose to resonate with the concerns of our post-modern despisers of established religion. But surely the best way to promote any such agenda is not to deny what virtually every sane historian on the planet has come to conclude.

Redacting The Bible: A Case Study In Historical Criticism

William Grassie | Posted 04.26.2012 | Religion
William Grassie

The New Testament is not a history textbook. Indeed, by contemporary historical standards, there is precious little independent corroboration to establish even the existence of the historical Jesus.

The James Ossuary: Is It Authentic? (An Update)

Robert Eisenman | Posted 12.11.2011 | Religion
Robert Eisenman

The only trial in the world which seems to have taken longer than the Amanda Knox one in Italy is the extended trial over the so-called James Ossuary in Jerusalem.

Christianity As Country Club

Scot McKnight | Posted 11.06.2011 | Religion
Scot McKnight

I want to suggest that the country club image for the Christian faith, its salvation culture, no matter how historic and vital to the Christian church's identity, inadequately frames what might be called its true "gospel culture."

Why The Birthplace Of Jesus Matters

Matt J. Rossano | Posted 05.26.2011 | Religion
Matt J. Rossano

While theories vary on who the "historical" Jesus really was, there's general agreement that Jesus was not born in Bethlehem. So why was it so important for the gospel writers to claim Bethlehem as Jesus' birthplace?

Understanding The Lord's Prayer With John Dominic Crossan

Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion

By Ron Csillag Religion News Service (RNS) John Dominic Crossan is arguably the world's foremost scholar of the historical Jesus. Twenty-five years a...

Jesus Seminar Celebrates 25 Years Of Searching For The Historical Jesus

Posted 05.26.2011 | Religion

By G. Jeffrey Macdonald Religion News Service Since 1985, scholars affiliated with the Jesus Seminar have been casting doubt on the authenticity of ...

I'm Down with Jesus -- It's Christ That Gives Me Problems (Part 2)

Ed Gurowitz, Ph.D. | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Ed Gurowitz, Ph.D.

In the teachings that we can reasonably attribute to Jesus himself, there is nothing -- not one thing -- that contradicts or breaks with the Judaism of what came to be called the "old" testament.

I'm Down With Jesus -- It's Christ That Gives Me Problems

Ed Gurowitz, Ph.D. | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Ed Gurowitz, Ph.D.

For the past several years I've made an avocational study of Jesus and his followers in their historical context, with particular attention to the question of what we can reasonably think Jesus said.