Thursday, August 13, 2009

What are the consequences of too much liberal study of the historical Jesus?

I believe one becomes a boring historian. I find myself sitting here examining the ancient historical sources far more thoroughly than ever before. What is the problem with this? The Alexander the Great of Arrian, Plutarch and Diadorus turns into the decontextualised Jesus of the Jesus Seminar. Very few things are truly authentic and the best we can hope for is an event that more likely than not occurred.

Oh, the consequences of a hyper critical hermeneutic towards the New Testament!

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