Jesus scholar, Ben Witherington III, has provided a trustworthy map through the tortured landscape of twentieth-century research on the historical Jesus, putting into perspective media sensationalism and the work of the controversial Jesus Seminar.
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About the Author
Ben Witherington III (PhD, University of Durham) is Jean R. Amos Professor of New Testament for Doctoral Studies at Asbury Theological Seminary. A prominent evangelical scholar, he is also on the doctoral faculty at St. Andrews University in Scotland.
Witherington has written over forty books, including The Jesus Quest and The Paul Quest, both of which were selected as top biblical studies works by Christianity Today. His other works include The Indelible Image, Women and the Genesis of Christianity, The Gospel Code, A Week in the Life of Corinth and commentaries on the entire New Testament. He also writes for many church and scholarly publications and is a frequent contributor to Patheos and Beliefnet.
Witherington is an elected member of the prestigious Studiorum Novi Testamenti Societas, a society dedicated to New Testament studies. He is a John Wesley Fellow for Life, a research fellow at Cambridge University and a member of numerous professional organizations, including the Society of Biblical Literature, Society for the Study of the New Testament and the Institute for Biblical Research. He previously taught at institutions like Ashland Theological Seminary, Vanderbilt University, Duke Divinity School and Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary.
An ordained pastor in the United Methodist Church and a popular lecturer, Witherington has presented seminars for churches, colleges and biblical meetings around the world. He has led numerous study tours through the lands of the Bible and is known for bringing the text to life through incisive historical and cultural analysis. Along with many interviews on radio and television networks across the country, Witherington has been seen in programs such as 60 Minutes, 20/20, Dateline and the Peter Jennings ABC special Jesus and PaulThe Word and the Witness.
Table of Contents
Preface: The First Two Quests
1. Galilee the Galilean - Jesus in His Social Setting
2. Jesus the Talking Head - The Jesus of the Jesus Seminar
3. Jesus the Itinerant Cynic Philosopher -
The Works of John Dominic Crossan, Burton Mack and F. Gerald Downing
4. Jesus, Man of the Spirit -
The Works of Marcus Borg, Geza Vermes and Graham H. Twelftree
5. Jesus the Eschatological Prophet -
The Works of E. P. Sanders and Maurice Casey
6. Jesus the Prophet of Social Change -
The Works of Gerd Theissen, Richard A. Horsley and R. David Kaylor
7. Jesus the Sage: The Wisdom of God -
The Works of Elisabeth Schüssler Fiorenza and Ben Witherington
8. Jesus: Marginal Jew of Jewish Messiah? -
The Works of John P. Meier, Peter Stuhlmacher, James D. G. Dunn, Marinus de Jonge, Markus Bockmuehl and N. T. Wright
9. The Journey's End - Synopsis, Conclusions, Conjectures
Epilogue: The Death of the Messiah - The Work of Raymond E. Brown
Postscript: The Continuing Saga of the Jesus Quest
Index of Subjects
Index of Modern Authors
Index of Scripture and Other Early Literature