The Historical Bejeezus



Near the beginning of the twentieth century, Albert Schweitzer published a book that in English translation was entitled The Quest of the Historical Jesus. In that book, he reviewed and critiqued the many efforts that had been made to write biographies of the historical Jesus the man of flesh supposed to have been metamorphosed into the ?bermensch of the gospels of the New Testament. Schweitzer considered all those attempts to have been failures and concluded, perhaps sadly, that we could never know anything for certain about the historical Jesus and that the portraits painted by the scholars reviewed were but pale reflections of the researchers themselves.

Prof. Price here does for the twenty-first century what Schweitzer did for the twentieth: he updates us on the historical Jesus quest. Finding as did Schweitzer that all attempted biographies have been unconvincing and unsuccessful, he has decided it was time to include reviews of the works of Christ-myth scholars such as G.A. Wells, Earl Doherty, D.M. Murdock, Thomas L. Thompson, and Joseph Atwill. It now appears all but certain that the reason for the failure of all attempts hitherto to write a biography of a historical Jesus is simple: there was no historical Jesus.

About the Author

Robert M. Price was born in Jackson, Mississippi, and moved as a child to New Jersey where he attended a fundamentalist Baptist church. He even became president of a chapter of Intervarsity Christian Fellowship and was for a time an apologist of the sort he refutes in Beyond Born Again, Deconstructing Jesus, The Incredible Shrinking Son of Man, and Jesus Is Dead.

Editor of The Journal of Higher Criticism, he is also the author of The Widow Traditions in Luke-Acts, The Da Vinci Fraud, The Reason-Driven Life, and the monumental The Pre-Nicene New Testament.? He holds a PhD in Systematic Theology from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary and a second PhD in New Testament from Drew University. He has served as Professor of Religion at Mount Olive College in North Carolina and is a member of the Jesus Seminar and its successor, the Jesus Project.


Publisher:?American Atheist Press
Page Count:?260

SKU: 9781578840243 Category: Tags: ,

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