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Bible Review, Summer 2005



Jesus Lives!

Looking Back on 20 Years of Jesus Scholarship

By Stephen J. Patterson

Thirty years ago, the historical Jesus was dead. By 1975, it was clear that scholars had very little to say about him. If students were assigned anything to read on the subject, it was usually Gunther Bornkamm’s Jesus of Nazareth from the 1950s1 or even Albert Schweitzer’s...Read more ›

The Search Begins: The Fathers of Historical Jesus Scholarship

By Marcus J. Borg

During the Enlightenment, the historian’s job changed dramatically. It was no longer enough simply to chronicle events reported in earlier, authoritative texts. Tradition and authority had become suspect, as investigation and reason became the new basis for knowledge. For the first time in history, historians were beginning...Read more ›

A Woman Equal to Paul

Who Is She?

By John Dominic Crossan

To the Editor: I just completed the book In Search of Paul: How Jesus’s Apostle Opposed Rome’s Empire with God’s Kingdom (Harper San Francisco, 2004), by John Dominic Crossan and Jonathan Reed. I was especially intrigued by the cover illustration of a sixth-century fresco of Paul and...Read more ›

Of Time and Immortality

By Jack M. Sasson

The first chapter of the first book of the Bible can be read as a treatise for measuring (or calibrating) time; the next two chapters as offering insight into the birth of death. But let’s begin at the beginning: “In the beginning ...” For centuries, that is...Read more ›