Item description for Finding the Historical Jesus: Rules of Evidence (Jesus Seminar Guides Vol 3) (Jesus Seminar Guides) by Robert W. Funk, Robert J. Miller & Stephen J. Patterson...
How does one begin the search for the historical Jesus? What are the rules or criteria for sorting through the evidence? These are the most important questions in the quest of the historical Jesus, and their answers are not obvious. In Finding the Historical Jesus, six veterans of the Jesus Seminar help readers negotiate this thicket. Robert Miller develops criteria for differentiating between history and belief. Robert Funk examines the oral character of the Jesus tradition. Stephen Patterson takes readers through the issues involved with the Gospel of Thomas while Robert Fortna looks at the significance of the Gospel of John and Joseph Tyson explores the dating of ancient texts. The volume concludes with a survey of the history of the quest by Lane McGaughy who shows how the criteria have emerged and shifted over the years. For readers looking to discover who Jesus was, this is where the quest begins.
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Studio: Polebridge Press
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.3" Width: 5.4" Height: 0.4" Weight: 0.3 lbs.
Release Date Dec 1, 2008
Publisher Polebridge Press
ISBN 1598150073 ISBN13 9781598150070
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More About Robert W. Funk, Robert J. Miller & Stephen J. Patterson
Robert W. Funk is founder of the Jesus Seminar and Director of the Westar Institute in Santa Rosa, California. He has been a distinguished leader in biblical scholorship for more than thirty years. A Guggenheim Fellow and Fulbright Senior Scholar, he is the author of a dozen books, including "Honest to Jesus" and "The Five Gospels."
Robert W. Funk currently resides in Robert. Robert W. Funk has an academic affiliation as follows - Eastern Illinois University.
Reviews - What do customers think about Finding the Historical Jesus: Rules of Evidence (Jesus Seminar Guides Vol 3) (Jesus Seminar Guides)?
Historical Review May 31, 2009
More people need this kind of education instead of simply accepting beliefs as facts without evidence. Great Book!
An Excellent Resource Jan 12, 2009
In this slim volume one can find the description of the basic tools for historical biblical research. These are the same tools that I learned about in my traditional seminary education. It is good that the Fellows of the Jesus Seminar have found it appropriate to share the ideas of the historical-critical method for biblical research with the layperson in an easy to read book.
One of the major problems of historical research is ensuring that evidence that is collected is valid. The authors discuss the methodology that leads to data validation. Also present is the assertion that any religious scholarly pursuit is an on-going process and not an avenue to absolute truth.
If the reader is seeking validation for a personal religious belief then perhaps he or she should look elsewhere. The authors take no doctrinal stand on any issue. This is an excellent book for a study group or an individual that takes biblical study seriously. The questions at the back of the book for each chapter are challenging and helpful for clarifying thinking about the process of scholarly research. The Works Consulted section is a good place for beginning biblical students to find resources for further study.
This book answers many questions about the methods of biblical research that have been asked over the years by people in my classes and workshops. I will be using it as a resource in the future.
Laughably bad book Aug 16, 2008
This book is a waste of time. The whole Jesus Seminar crowd is a movement with an agenda. If you used the ideas about history this guy goes by, half of history wouldn't exist. It is like trying to write a history of early America, but saying we can't use any American sources because they might be biased.