THE JESUS SEMINAR VS. EVANGELICAL CRITICAL SCHOLARSHIP

OVERVIEW OF METHODOLOGY

THE JESUS SEMINAR

 (Westar Institute)

 

VS. 

British-influenced evangelical critical scholarships

IDEOLOGICAL   & METHODOLOGICAL APPROACH

TO   DETERMINING VERACITY OF GOSPELS

 

Jesus   Seminar

Westar   Institute

British-trained evangelical

critical scholars

2/4 Source Hypothesis

2/4 Source Hypothesis

form criticism

form criticism

redaction criticism

redaction criticism

criteria   of authenticity

tradition criticism

criteria of authenticity

tradition criticism

post-modernistic historiography

post-modernistic historiography

ATOMISTIC (parts) approach:

 

centers   on Jesus’ sayings

 

what did Jesus really say?

 

*IMPORTANT:   also focuses on what Jesus did

 

 

Robert Funk: Acts of Jesus (1998)

HOLISTIC (whole) approach:

 

centers on Jesus’ deeds & events

 

what did Jesus really do?

 

investigates predetermined key   events in Jesus’ life to see if the event is post-modernistically verifiable

in terms of history

 

IMPORTANT: considers many events   not verifiable historically using post-modernistic historiography

BURDEN   OF PROOF:

 

shifted to The Jesus Seminar scholars   to demonstrate reliability:

 

“The   Seminar has accordingly assumed the burden of proof: the Seminar is   investigating in minute detail the data preserved by the gospels and is also   identifying those that have some claim to historical veracity”

BURDEN OF PROOF:

 

 shifted to the evangelical-critical scholars historical   skills in applying criteria of authenticity

“burden of proof should lie with historian who is making the case, whether for authenticity or against it” (Key Events, 74)

 

“whisper of his voice”

 

contained   in gospels

 

posits Christ of faith

vs.

historical Jesus

 

“footprints”   of Jesus

 

contained   in gospels

 

posits Christ of faith

vs.

historical Jesus

Color-coding of Jesus-sayings

 

in terms of red, black, gray,   white that indicates probability of whether the real Jesus actually spoke the   saying

 

 

 

probability scaling of Jesus’ events

 

“probability,” “possibility” or historically   non-veryifyable scale for pericopes as to whether Jesus; deeds or events   surrounding Jesus happened or did not happen

 

 

RESULT:

 

15 SAYINGS

DEEMED AUTHENTIC

 

out hundreds of sayings in the Gospels

RESULT: COMPLETELY REJECTS any assertions of “probability” from evangelical critical scholarship!

score = 0

i.e. neither convinces the other

RESULT:

 

12 EVENTS

DEEMED HISTORICALLY “PROBABLE”

 

out of hundreds of acts/deeds in   the Gospels

RESULT: REJECTS many assertions from The Westar Institute!

score = 0

i.e. neither convinces the other

 

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