The Jesus Quest

The Jesus Quest Review

Who is the Jesus behind the Gospel narratives? How would he have been understood by his contemporaries? Did the church transform a charismatic rabbi or a peasant-philosopher into its heavenly, incarnate Lord? Does the key to Jesus' real identity actually lie in the Gospel of Thomas, the Gospel of Peter or other noncanonical Jesus literature suppressed by the ancient orthodox church? What do the sects, parties and movements of Jewish Palestine tell us about the real Jesus, his words, his actions and his intentions? These are the questions being asked by a new generation of investigators of the man behind the origin of Christianity. Dubbed the Third Quest of the historical Jesus, this renewed effort is a transformation of the first quest, memorialized and chronicled by Albert Schweitzer, and the second quest, carried out in the 1950s and 1960s in the wake of extreme Bultmannian skepticism. Now in the 1990s, with the time, place and social setting of Jesus newly illumined by renewed and vigorous investigation of the Dead Sea Scrolls and other Jewish and Hellenistic sources, there has appeared a surge of scholarly books on Jesus within his Jewish and Mediterranean environment. The controversial works of John Dominic Crossan, Marcus Borg and Burton Mack, and the results of the Jesus Seminar have been thrust upon the public by publicists and media as the voices of learned consensus. Meanwhile, at the center of the scholarly investigation of Jesus, a less celebrated but certainly no less informed majority rejects many of the methods and conclusions of those who have captured the limelight.

Title:The Jesus Quest
Edition Language:English

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  • Joel Wentz

    I would highly recommend and commend this book, but only to a specific group of people.If you are fascinated by the wave of historical Jesus scholarship in the 80s and 90s, but feel a little lost in t...

  • Joe Cummings

    When I finished my first walk to Santiago de Compostela in 2000, I came back with a desire to learn more about the “historical” Jesus. This book would have been great to have this volume at hand t...

  • Kelsey Angelette

    It is interesting to see what all the schools of thought think about who the Historical Jesus was. All, however, are filled with personal bias and assumption when really all we have is what the Bible....

  • Peter

    An excellent overview of the main strands of "historical Jesus" scholarship, somewhat spoiled by vitriolic comments about John Dominic Crossan. You wonder if they'd had a fist fight in the corridors o...

  • Wyatt Houtz

    Overrated. People have compared it to Jesus and the Victory of God by NT Wright. However, it is primarily a polemic against John Dominic Crossan. Still a good book, but not as magisterial as I had hop...

  • Chad Gibbons

    If you're new to the world of the third quest, or don't have the time to pick up the actual literature being written on the subject, this is an an excellent overview and critique of the status today....