Jesus, Skepticism, and the Dilemma of History


Preserve an eye out for this forthcoming book:

Jesus, Skepticism, and the Dilemma of History: Criteria and Context in the Study of Christian Origins (forthcoming with Zondervan, October 2019).

I have a contribution with Dr. Ben Sutton about history, memory, and the speeches in Acts.

In current years, a quantity of New Testament scholars engaged in academic historical Jesus research have concluded that such scholarship can not yield safe and illuminating conclusions about its topic, arguing that the search for a historically “authentic” Jesus has run aground.

Jesus, Skepticism, and the Dilemma of History brings collectively a stellar lineup of New Testament scholars who contend that historical Jesus scholarship is far from dead.

These scholars all come across worth in working with the tools of modern historical procedures in the study of Jesus and Christian origins. Even though the skeptical use of criteria to style a Jesus contrary to the 1 portrayed in the Gospels is methodologically unsound and theologically unacceptable, these criteria, adequately formulated and applied, yield constructive outcomes that assistance the Gospel accounts and the historical narrative in Acts. This book presents a nuanced and vitally required option to the skeptical extremes of revisionist Jesus scholarship that, on the 1 hand, makes use of historical procedures to contact into query the Jesus of the Gospels and, on the other, denies the possibility of working with historical procedures to find out about Jesus.


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