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13. The Historical Jesus

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13. The Historical Jesus

Introduction to New Testament (RLST 152)

It is obvious that certain narratives in the New Testament contradict each other and cannot be woven into a historically coherent whole. How, then, do scholars construct who the historical Jesus was? There are several principles that historical Jesus researchers follow, which include considering data that 1) has multiple attestations and 2) is dissimilar to a text's theological tendencies as more likely to be historical. Using the modern methods of historical research, it becomes possible to construct a historical Jesus.

00:00 - Chapter 1. Contradictory Accounts in the New Testament
13:25 - Chapter 2. Finding History in the New Testament
26:27 - Chapter 3. Methods of Historical Jesus Research
47:53 - Chapter 4. Who Was the Historical Jesus?

Complete course materials are available at the Open Yale Courses website:

This course was recorded in Spring 2009.

The Historical Jesus by Bart D. Ehrman: 13. Jesus & the Roman Rule

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Lecture 13 - The Historical Jesus

Overview

It is obvious that certain narratives in the New Testament contradict each other and cannot be woven into a historically coherent whole. How, then, do scholars construct who the historical Jesus was? There are several principles that historical Jesus researchers follow, which include considering data that 1) has multiple attestations and 2) is dissimilar to a text's theological tendencies as more likely to be historical. Using the modern methods of historical research, it becomes possible to construct a historical Jesus.

Assignment

Ehrman, Bart D. The New Testament: A Historical Introduction to the Early Christian Writings, pp. 224-290

The Historical Jesus - 13

Prof. Robert Eisenman's university course on the historicity of Jesus.

Lecture 13 of 30
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The Historical Jesus 13: Olivet Discourse

Did Jesus predict the destruction of the Temple in a.d. 70? Did he predict the end of the world? Learn about Jesus' Olivet Discourse and discover what he said about false Christs, persecution, the abomination of desolation, and the coming of the son of man.

Course Notes:

This is lecture 13 of 16 from The Historical Jesus: What the Bible Says about the Life of Christ.

This class will help you answer the question: Who is Jesus? Join Sean Finnegan as he teaches through the Gospels to help you understand the biblical life of Christ. This class will inspire you to love Jesus, teach you to follow Jesus, help you to understand Jesus, and empower you to navigate the Gospels on your own.

For more information about this class or to access other lectures and articles by Sean Finnegan, visit

[official] Who was Jesus, Really? Searching for the Historical Jesus - William Lane Craig

- For the past two thousand years, Christians have claimed that Jesus is the Son of God. But over the years, critics have raised many challenges to these claims. Are the Biblical accounts of Jesus historically accurate? Has too much been corrupted over time or lost in translation? What do we make of the contradictions between gospels? Can we ignore the supernatural events in the gospels, especially Jesus' resurrection? Who did Jesus himself claim to be? Can we answer these questions with any certainty? Senior Scholar Dr. Peter Pazzaglini facilitates questions as Dr. William Lane Craig unpacks these controversial issues. Listen, and explore the debate surrounding the identity of a figure who has shaped the course of western civilization.

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The Historical Jesus: Four Views

A round-table discussion on Jesus of Nazareth featuring Gabriele Boccaccini, Saeed Ahmed Khan, Charles Mabee and Robert M. Price. Moderated by Scott DeGregorio.

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In Search of the Historical Jesus

Craig Blomberg, a specialist in the parables and the writings of Luke and Acts, discusses the historical Jesus. [8/2004] [Show ID: 8894]

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Tom Wright - The Historical Jesus

Bishop NT Wright speaks on The Historical Jesus. March 15 2006, Sydney, Australia. One of a series of addresses by Bishop Wright, presented by Macquarie Christian Studies Institute, The Society for the Study of Early Christianity & the Ancient History Documentary Research Centre at Macquarie University.

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Video Nugget: The Historical Jesus With Richard Smoley

This New Thinking Allowed Video Nugget has been excerpted from a longer conversation with Richard Smoley and Jeffrey Mishlove titled How Scholars View the Bible.

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