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The Life and Teaching of Jesus and the Rise of Christianity

Craig A. Evans

in The Oxford Handbook of Biblical Studies

Published in print February 2008 | ISBN: 9780199237777
Published online September 2009 | | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199237777.003.0017

Series: Oxford Handbooks in Religion and Theology

 The Life and Teaching of Jesus and the Rise of Christianity

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This article reviews studies on the life and teaching of Jesus and the rise of Christianity. The beginning of critical research into the life of Jesus is traditionally traced to the posthumous publication of seven fragments of a lengthy manuscript on ‘reasonable religion’ by Hermann Samuel Reimarus (1694–1768). In the 1960s and 1970s life of Jesus research continued, but often the emphasis was placed on Jesus as a social or political figure, rather than as one relevant for faith. Some of the studies that appeared in the 1970s and 1980s, however, seem to represent a quest not governed primarily by theological or political agendas. Jewish scholars are now active participants in the discussion.

Keywords: Jesus; Christianity; biblical history; Jewish scholars

Article.  7743 words. 

Subjects: Religion ; Christianity ; Religious Studies ; Religion in the Ancient World

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