THE HISTORICAL JESUS: NOT OF THE GOSPELS?

THE GREAT IRONY OF SEARCHING–THE HISTORICAL JESUS CAN NEVER, EVER BE . . . THE JESUS AS HE IS FULLY PRESENTED IN  THE GOSPELS!

the real fiction of historical critical ideology : the “historical” Jesus

James M. Robinson, a very prominent leader of what is now known as the “second quest” period, made honestly clear what the term “historical Jesus” could not mean:

“The term “historical Jesus” is not simply identical with “Jesus” or “Jesus of Nazareth,” as if the adjective “historical” were a meaningless addition.  Rather the adjective is used in a technical sense, and makes a specific contribution to the total meaning of the expression.  “Historical” is used in the sense of “things in the past which have been established by objective scholarship.”  Consequently the expression “historical Jesus” comes to mean: “What can be known of Jesus of Nazareth by means of scientific methods of the historian.” Thus we have to do with a technical expression which must be recognized as such, and not automatically identified with the simple term “‘Jesus.'” James M. Robinson, A New Quest of the Historical Jesus (London: SCM, 1959) 26-27.

The deceitfulness of searching: The closer one’s “searching” comes to the Gospels’ portrayal of Jesus the more “searching” scholars VIGOROUSLY REJECT that Jesus.

The Apostle Peter, in one of the historically-critically rejected books of the New Testament said . . .

“For we did not follow cleverly devised tales (“myths”) when we made known to you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but we were eyewitnesses of His majesty.” (2Pe 1:16 NAU)

MAIN POINT:

 THE ACTUAL MYTHICAL “JESUS” IS ANY JESUS, e.g. “the ‘historical’ Jesus’ THAT IS NOT FULLY EQUATED WITH THE CANONICAL GOSPELS’ JESUS!

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