Authenticating the Activities of Jesus

Authenticating the Activities of Jesus

Authenticating the Activities of Jesus

Authenticating the Activities of Jesus


This volume reviews the criteria, assumptions, and methods involved in critical Jesus research. Its purpose is to clarify the procedures necessary to distinguish tradition that stems from Jesus from tradition and interpretation that stem from later tradents and evangelists. This publication has also been published in paperback, please click here for details."


The present volume is a companion to Authenticating the Words of Jesus and is intended to review the appropriate criteria and necessary steps in assessing the Jesus tradition, particularly the activities of Jesus. The title Authenticating the Activities of Jesus should not be taken to mean that the contributors have as their aim some sort of apologetical goal, whose purpose is to prove that Jesus did everything attributed to him in the Gospels. Rather, the purpose is to clarify what procedures should be undertaken to distinguish tradition and meaning that stem from Jesus from that which stems from later tradents and evangelists. The opening essays by the editors in the Words volume should clarify the exegetical and historical goals of both volumes.

The essays by James D. G. Dunn, E. Earle Ellis, William R. Farmer, N. Thomas Wright, Ben F. Meyer, and Martin Hengel appeared in earlier forms in William R. Farmer (ed.), Crisis in Christology: Essays in Quest of Resolution (Livonia: Dove, 1995). They have been edited and updated for inclusion in the present volume. The editors express their thanks to Professor Farmer and to the publisher.

The editors are grateful to Dr. Orton for his suggestion and to Dr. Theo Joppe for guiding the completed manuscripts through the press. The editors also wish to thank the series editors, Professors Bruce Metzger and Bart Ehrman, as well as the many contributors, whose labors have made the volumes possible, and Mr. Chris Young for his assistance in the preparation of the indexes.

Bruce Chilton October, 1998 Bard College Annandale-on-Hudson, New York

Craig A. Evans Trinity Western University Langley, British Columbia . . .

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