Refuting the idea that history determines faith, a theologian and scholar argues that the quest for the historical Jesus is a misguided effort and that the ""real"" Jesus can be found in the pages of the New Testament. $20,000 ad/promo.
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The Real Jesus--the first book to challenge the findings of the Jesus Seminar, the controversial group of two hundred scholars who claim Jesus only said 18 percent of what the Gospels attribute to him--"is at the center of the newest round in what has been called the Jesus Wars." (Peter Steinfels, New York Times). Drawing on the best biblical and historical scholarship, respected New Testament scholar Luke Timothy Johnson demonstrates that the "real Jesus" is the one experienced in the present through faith rather than the one found in speculative historical reconstructions. A new preface by the author for the paperback edition presents his point of view on the most recent rounds of this lively debate.
"Luke Timothy Johnson calls the bluff of the Jesus Seminar and other purveyors of trendy 'historical Jesus' marketing hype. This timely book offers an engaging account of what serious historical scholarship can--and cannot--say about the Jesus of history. Johnson refocuses the debate by posing fundamental questions about the relation between history, tradition, and faith." (Richard B. Hays, Duke Divinity School, author of The Moral Vision of the New Testament)
"The Jesus of cheap scholarship, the Jesus-as-I-personally-like-to-imagine-him, has been zealously promoted through the past decade like a fizzy new drink. Thank goodness, then, for a cool, clear glass of sober scholarship from Luke Johnson, who clearly exposes the dubious techniques of the Jesus Seminar and reminds us of the limitations of what historians can demonstrate and claim." (James D. G. Dunn, University of Durham)
"Hurrah! At a time when confusion abounds about who the 'real Jesus' is, Johnson sounds a clarion note: the 'real Jesus' is not the reconstructed Jesus of scholarship become unself-critical, but the Jesus who confronts persons in the texts of the New Testament as the resurrected Lord. A welcome guide to the contemporary discussion of the quest for the historical Jesus!" (Jack Dean Kingsbury, Union Theological Seminary in Virginia)About the Author:
Luke Timothy Johnson is Robert W. Woodruff Professor of the New Testament and Christian Origins at the Candler School of Theology, Emory University. A Roman Catholic, Johnson was a Benedictine monk and priest before becoming a biblical scholar. He is the author of several scholarly books and has written for Commonwealth and Christian Century.
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