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  • Hardcover: 287 pages
  • Publisher: Prometheus Books; First Edition edition (August 24, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1616141891
  • ISBN-13: 978-1616141899
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 6.4 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #635,616 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

R. Joseph Hoffmann, PhD (Plainfield, VT), teaches at Goddard College. He is the author or editor of many books on early Christianity including Julian’s Against the Galileans and Porphyry’s Against the Christians. He is the chair of the Council for the Scientific Examination of Religion and the cochair of the Jesus Project. He has taught at the University of Michigan, Oxford University, Wells College, and the American University of Beirut.

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25 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Subayaitori on December 17, 2010
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Although it contains numerous essays the book is shorter than your average compilation. That said it has enough for those who want to find out what we really know about the historicity of Jesus and the various traditions which branched out of the first century Christian movement(s).

Most of the authors take the mythicist view, but that said, they make many valid points about why the current methodologies of historical research do not pass muster and need to be rethought. Overall the theme of the book could be described as an appeal for a better, more sound, methodology for engaging the available historical facts when it comes to the Jesus traditions--which have until recently been predominantly the venture and domain of Christian apologists. Now that unbiased historians are taking a crack at what history says about Jesus and the origins of Christianity we have now (more than ever) new avenues of thought to pursue and new ideas which ma--after two thousand years of failing to establish a basic historicity for Jesus of Nazareth--finally yield answers. Although for the person of faith they may not be the answers you are looking for.

All the same, this is an invaluable source when it comes to investigating the life and history of Jesus of the first century Palestine.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By John Lafferty on August 28, 2011
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"The job of the sculptor is to set free the forms that are within the stone." -- Michelangelo.
In this collection of 14 short essays of high quality New Testament scholarship, the editor uses Michelangelo's statement as a metaphor for the search for the historical Jesus during the past two centuries, and explains why it hasn't worked.

The book's dust jacket states: "The present collection does not aim at a consensus or master theory of "who" Jesus was. It reflects the variety of opinion...that the sources and individual elements of the (New Testament) evoke. The collection...represent(s) the state of questions and problems (in Jesus scholarship.)"

For the most part, the scholars here present respectful overviews of different opinions on particular topics before presenting their own intelligent and creative solutions to the problems. This approach allows the reader to form an educated opinion about the different views. It provides high quality education and value for someone interested in this topic.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Daniel N. Gullotta on August 26, 2014
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A good resource for people interested in gaining a wide range of perspectives on the Quest for the Historical Jesus. Each article offers its own insight into some of the puzzling questions related to the issues of methodology, approach, sources, and traditions related to the Historical Jesus. Each scholar is good at communicating their own perspectives in their respected articles but some of these articles I feel fell short of their intended audience or target. My favorite contribution was by R. Joseph Hoffmann entitled, "On Not Finding the Historical Jesus," and I also can highly recommend the articles by Gerd Ludemann and Dennis R. MacDonald. However I do not believe this is a text that needs to be on everyone's bookshelves but rather to those who wish to go a little deeper into Historical Jesus research. All in all, a good read.
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