The Historical Jesus for Beginners

A Primer on Contemporary Biblical Scholarship

By William M. Linden

The Historical Jesus for Beginners

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  • ISBN: 9781556353383
  • Pages: 168
  • Publication Date: 8/1/2008
  • Retail Price: $25.00
Web Price: $20.00
Web Price: $20.00

The Historical Jesus for Beginners

A Primer on Contemporary Biblical Scholarship

By William M. Linden

paperback-logo

PAPERBACK

  • ISBN: 9781556353383
  • Pages: 168
  • Publication Date: 8/1/2008
  • Retail Price: $25.00
Web Price: $20.00

About-

The last few decades have seen a resurgence of the scholarly quest for the historical Jesus--for the words and deeds that probably can be attributed to the human Jesus who walked the hills of Galilee some two thousand years ago. You might not be aware of the recent scholarship, and the reason is simple. For the most part, many scholars write for and talk to other scholars, using their own technical language. This leaves huge numbers of Christians unaware of their discoveries. So even though you may have studied the Bible for years, you still may be a historical Jesus beginner.

After the life of Jesus, his followers began to develop their memory of his sayings and actions. Then, year after year, and century after century, the tradition grew until it became Christianity as it is known in the twenty-first century. What if we could go back in time and delve under all the layers to find what Christianity would be if it were based upon the historical Jesus? If you are a person who would like to begin to be informed, this book is for you.

Endorsements & Reviews-

"This very helpful book delivers what it promises and more. It combines a lucid introduction to the basics of historical Jesus scholarship with extended excerpts from several of todays' scholars, thus putting the reader in touch with a number of voices. And more: it explores the implications of Jesus scholarship for those to whom it matters most, namely, Christians and churches in our time. Recommended not only for beginners, but also for those who already have some familiarity with this fascinating and important subject."
- Marcus J. Borg, Hundere Distinguished Professor of Religion and Culture, Oregon State University

"Among the cacophony of voices surrounding the latest phase in the quest for the historical Jesus, Bill Linden is the thinking-person's guide to the heart of the matter. He knows the literature, the personalities, and the issues, and he knows how to focus our attention on what really counts in the larger scheme of things. If you're interested in the historical Jesus, but don't know where to start, start here."
—Stephen Patterson
Professor of New Testament, Eden Seminary, St. Louis, Missouri

This introduction to contemporary theology clears up many long standing questions that go unanswered at 11:00 a.m. on Sunday. As a result, theology now emerges for me as a scholarly study of scripture, uncolored by the lense of any particular religious affiliation. In seeing this more contextual approach to sacred text, I no longer feel constrained to check my spiritual-seeker hat at the front door of the church!

Stephen G. Scholl
Attorney at law,
Houston, Texas

Contributors-

William M. Linden

Bio(s)-

William M. Linden holds a Postgraduate Diploma in theology from Oxford University and is chairman of the board of directors of the Foundation for Contemporary Theology in Houston, Texas. He is a retired partner of the law firm of Vinson & Elkins, LLP, where he specialized in federal income-tax law.

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