RLST 152 - Lecture 13 - The Historical Jesus

Lecture 13 - The Historical Jesus


It is obvious that certain narratives in the New Testament contradict each other and cannot be woven into a historically coherent whole. How, then, do scholars construct who the "historical Jesus" was? There are several principles that historical Jesus researchers follow, which include considering data that 1) has multiple attestations and 2) is dissimilar to a text's theological tendencies as more likely to be historical. Using the modern methods of historical research, it becomes possible to construct a "historical Jesus."


Ehrman, Bart D. The New Testament: A Historical Introduction to the Early Christian Writings, pp. 224-290

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