The Historical Christ and the Theological Jesus

There have been so many quests for the historical Jesus that most of us have lost count. Albert Schweitzer famously ended the 19th-century quest by showing that the quest authors had succeeded only in finding their own reflections in their portraits of Jesus. The second quest, inaugurated in the 1950s, was essentially a rebellion against the thoroughgoing skepticism of Rudolf Bultmann. In the latest quest, whose most publicized voice belongs to the Jesus Seminar, we continue to meet a bewildering variety of faces of Jesus.

 

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