The Real Jesus: The Misguided Quest For The Historical Jesus And The Truth Of The Traditional Go

Paperback | January 3, 1997

byLuke Timothy Johnson

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The Real Jesus—the first book to challenge the findings of the Jesus Seminar, the controversial group of two hundred scholars who claim Jesus only said 18 percent of what the Gospels attribute to him—"is at the center of the newest round in what has been called the Jesus Wars" (Peter Steinfels, New York Times). Drawing on the best biblical and historical scholarship, respected New Testament scholar Luke Timothy Johnson demonstrates that the "real Jesus" is the one experienced in the present through faith rather than the one found in speculative historical reconstructions. A new preface by the author presents his point of view on the most recent rounds of this lively debate.

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In the first book to challenge the findings of the Jesus Seminar, the controversial group of 200 scholars who claim Jesus only said 18 percent of what the Gospels attribute to him, Johnson shows that the "real Jesus" is the one experienced in the present through faith rather than the one found in speculative historical reconstructions.

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The Real Jesus—the first book to challenge the findings of the Jesus Seminar, the controversial group of two hundred scholars who claim Jesus only said 18 percent of what the Gospels attribute to him—"is at the center of the newest round in what has been called the Jesus Wars" (Peter Steinfels, New York Times). Drawing on the best bibl...

Luke Timothy Johnson is Robert W. Woodruff Professor of the New Testament and Christian Origins at the Candler School of Theology, Emory University. A Roman Catholic, Johnson was a Benedictine monk and priest before becoming a biblical scholar. He is the author of several scholarly books and has written for Commonwealth and Christian C...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:208 pages, 8 × 5.31 × 0.47 inPublished:January 3, 1997Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from A good start on rational Christology Luke Johnson in The Real Jesus does something that all whom he criticizes does not: he emphatically states the limitations of his own field. He attacks the hubris with which scholars wield the mighty tool of the historical method of determining what is “real”. For faith it is: a belief based on a religious language and hermeneutic, in the same vain as the Gospel narratives. The title of the book is apt, not only because it reflects a similar sensationalism that those of the Jesus Seminar use with their literature. It is clearly tongue-in-cheek, for he is emphatic that there is a distinction between the sum of probabilities of historical events and "knowing" what is "real" about Jesus. Jesus is a Jesus of faith, directed by the records, but having been brought alive through the presence of the "real" Jesus who works through Christianity today. Johnson sets the record straight on the use of scholarship. There is no doubt that as a believer in the traditional Jesus as espoused by the creeds, Johnson is biased. His genius is in showing that this also can be most emphatically said about the interests of the participants of the Jesus Seminar.
Date published: 2000-12-06

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In the first book to challenge the findings of the Jesus Seminar, the controversial group of 200 scholars who claim Jesus only said 18 percent of what the Gospels attribute to him, Johnson shows that the "real Jesus" is the one experienced in the present through faith rather than the one found in speculative historical reconstructions.