Quests of the Historical Jesus
Jesus of Nazareth ranks among the most important figures in history. Yet there is no common agreement about his identity. It is generally accepted that there were three quests of the historical Jesus. The first was characterised by Albert Schweitzer,...
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Jesus of Nazareth ranks among the most important figures in history. Yet there is no common agreement about his identity. It is generally accepted that there were three quests of the historical Jesus. The first was characterised by Albert Schweitzer, the second was conceived of as the 'New Quest' of the 1950s, and the Third Quest which collected the scholars from the two prior quests. This three-quest history in fact came about more due to the ingenuity of publishers than to scholars engaged in the enterprise. To describe what it left out, it was necessary to coin the facetious term 'No Quest.' Quests of the Historical Jesus is a major reassessment of the situation, beginning with the evolution of orthodoxy and quests before Schweitzer's. Along the way Brown examines the Nazi attempt to make Jesus an Aryan critic of Judaism. The book brings together ongoing questions - criteria, methods, and specific issues. Instead of seeking a bedrock of "facts," Brown emphasizes the role of hermeneutics in formulating questions and seeking answers and concludes that, whether we realize it or not, the "facts" themselves are shaped by our hermeneutics and belief-systems.
Colin Brown (Ph.D., University of Bristol; DD., University of Nottingham) is professor of systematic theology and has been at Fuller since 1978. Prior to teaching here he taught at institutions in the United States, Germany, Canada, and his native England.
Ordained as a priest in the Church of England in 1959, Brown has been a U.S. citizen since 1986 and is a priest of the Episcopal Church, canonically resident in the Diocese of Los Angeles. Brown was the founding Associate Dean of the Center for Advanced theological Studies in Fullers School of Theology. In addition to core courses on systematic theology, he also teaches advanced seminars on theological method, the politics of Jesus, and contemporary Christology.
Brown is the editor of The New International Dictionary of New Testament Theology (1986, also on CD), and is the author of many books, including Karl Barth and the Christian Message (1999); Miracles and the Critical Mind (1984, winner of the Evangelical Booksellers Award, reprint 2006); Jesus in European Protestant Thought (1985, reprint 2008); Philosophy & the Christian Faith and the first volume of the Christianity and Western Thought series (1990, also on CD, and recently published in Chinese by the Peking University Press). In addition to Chinese, his books have also been translated into French, Portuguese, Romanian, Italian, and Korean.
Brown is affiliated with the Tyndale Fellowship, American Academy of Religion, Society of Biblical Literature, Society of Christian Philosophers, and the Institute for Biblical Research. His current research focuses his forthcoming two volumes on The Quests of the Historical Jesus, which grew out of his 1993 Hensley Henson Lectures at the University of Oxford.
- Introduction Road Map 1. Quests Before Schweitzer 1. The First Quest 2. Evolution Of Orthodoxy 3. Post-reformation Alternatives 4. Deism And The Historical Jesus 2. The European Scene 5. Schweitzer And The Old Quest 6. From Old Quest To New7. The No Quest In Europe To World War Ii 8. The No Quest In Europe After World War Ii 3. Britain And North America 9. Anglican Church Politics And The Historical Jesus 10. Jesus At Oxford And Cambridge 11. The Next Generation 12. Princeton And Yale 13. Chicago And Harvard 14. Jesus In America-the New Quest 15. Christology Without The Historical Jesus? 4. Ongoing Issues 16. Apollonius And The "divine Man" 17. Nietzsche And Jesus 18. Criteria, Methods, Sources 19. The Jewish Jesus 20. Jesus-two Thousand Years Later. Part 1 21. Jesus-two Thousand Years Later. Part 2 Bibliography Index Of Subjects Index Of Names