Jesus, Criteria, and the Demise of Authenticity
Criteria of authenticity, whose roots go back to before the pioneering work of Albert Schweitzer, have become a unifying feature of the so-called Third Quest for the Historical Jesus, finding a prominent and common place in the research of otherwise...
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Criteria of authenticity, whose roots go back to before the pioneering work of Albert Schweitzer, have become a unifying feature of the so-called Third Quest for the Historical Jesus, finding a prominent and common place in the research of otherwise differing scholars. More recently, however, scholars from different methodological frameworks have expressed discontent with this approach to the historical Jesus. In the past five years, these expressions of discontent have reached a fever pitch.The internationally renowned authors of this book examine the nature of this new debate and present the findings in a cohesive way aimed directly at making the coalface of Historical Jesus research accessible to undergraduates and seminary students. The book's larger ramifications as a thorough end to the Third Quest will provide a pressure valve for thousands of scholars who view historical Jesus studies as outmoded and misguided. This book has the potential to guide Jesus studies beyond the Third Quest and demand to be consulted by any scholar who discards, adopts, or adapts historical criteria.
Anthony Le Donne (Ph.D., University of Durham) is Assistant Professor of New Testament and Second-Temple Judaism at Lincoln Christian University. Visit his blog at www.anthonyledonne.com
He is the author of Violence and the Bible: Complex Militancy and Metaphor in a Complex World (In collaboration with Joel N. Lohr and Robert Barrett); Historical Jesus: What Can We Know and How Can We Know It? (Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2010) and The Historiographical Jesus: Memory, Typology and the Son of David (Waco, TX: Baylor University Press, 2009)
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Chris Keith (PhD, University of Edinburgh) is professor of New Testament and early Christianity and director of the Centre for the Social-Scientific Study of the Bible at St. Mary's University College, Twickenham. He was a 2010 recipient of the John Templeton Award for Theological Promise for his book "The Pericope Adulterae, the Gospel of John, and the Literacy of Jesus "and was named a 2012 Society of Biblical Literature Regional Scholar. A