Scholarly Reconstructions of Jesus' Life
The Historical Jesus according to John Domonic Crossan's First Strata Sources: A Critical Comment"When John Dominic Crossan wrote The Historical Jesus ten years ago, there were undoubtedly many who thought that his idiosyncratic view of Jesus was just another fad. In the last ten years, however, Crossan has written no less than nine additional books and has contributed to several others. He has also written at least nine articles and has appeared innumerous videos, debates, teleconferences, and television programs. Most of these have been to promote his view of Jesus as a peasant Jewish Cynic. Since Crossan continues to be so influential in American Jesus studies, it may be good to take another look at the basis for his view of Jesus."
N. T. Wright's Jesus and the Victory of God: A Review Article"This work is the second volume of a planned six-volume series entitled 'Christian Origins and the Question of God.' The first volume, The New Testament and the People of God , was published in 1992. The present book, published in 1996, is even larger than the first and consists of 662 pages, not counting the appendix, bibliography, and various indices...Such a simplistic overview, as I have given, cannot do justice to this work. I did want, however, to share at least something of an overview of Wright’s work for those who have not read it. This is a massive work, and a discussion of any of a score of issues Wright raises would require a book in itself."
Presuppositions and Procedures in the Study of the ‘Historical Jesus’: Or, Why I Decided Not to be a ‘Historical Jesus’ Scholar"This article provides a detailed description of the presuppositions and procedures of a representative group of six scholars currently contributing to the study of the ‘historical Jesus’. The intention of the study was to draft a ‘handbook’, a ‘recipe’, of the best methods and the surest presuppositions for achieving the result of a solid historical conclusion about Jesus. What resulted from the project was not what had been hoped. In fact, what resulted was a deep scepticism about the quest, at least as it is currently being conducted. Though, admittedly, not offering solutions, this article seeks to raise questions about the real potential and usefulness of any quest for the so-called ‘historical Jesus’."