Who Is The Real “Historical Jesus”?

For several centuries, certain scholars have been labouring to try and find out who the real, “historical Jesus” was. They often write books claiming to have discovered who Jesus “really was” and thereby to have overthrown the “lies and conspiracies” of Christian leaders. What they fail to mention is just how subjective their views are; there are so many different views of Jesus and each one claims it is correct. The truth is, the scholars who work in this area often “discover” a Jesus that just fits with their preferences and ideals. John Dominic Crossan, a left-wing scholar who rejects much of the gospel accounts, admits as much. In his book, “Jesus: The Life of a Mediterranean Jewish Peasant” he states:

“Historical Jesus research is becoming something of a scholarly bad joke . . . [and the] stunning diversity is an academic embarrassment. It is impossible to avoid the suspicion that historical Jesus research is a very safe place to do theology and call it history, to do autobiography and call it biography.”

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