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Why the Historical Jesus Matters

Stephen T. Davis

in Christian Philosophical Theology

Published in print March 2006 | ISBN: 9780199284597
Published online May 2006 | e-ISBN: 9780191603778 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0199284598.003.0006
 							Why the Historical Jesus Matters

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There has often been an adversarial relationship between the “search for the historical Jesus” and the Church. But Christian belief and practice must be correctly related to Jesus, so the search is important to Christianity. It is argued that the New Testament picture of Jesus is basically accurate and reliable. Paul’s statements about Jesus are examined. It is significant that Mark’s picture of Jesus was convincing to Matthew and Luke. Jesus’ self-understanding in the Gospels is examined, and it is argued that he implicitly claimed to be divine.

Keywords: Jesus; Paul; Mark; Gospels

Chapter.  7359 words. 

Subjects: Christian Theology

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