Jesus Research: An International Perspective : the First Princeton-Prague Symposium on Jesus Research, Prague 2005

Jesus Research: An International Perspective : the First Princeton-Prague Symposium on Jesus Research, Prague 2005

Jesus Research: An International Perspective : the First Princeton-Prague Symposium on Jesus Research, Prague 2005

Jesus Research: An International Perspective : the First Princeton-Prague Symposium on Jesus Research, Prague 2005

Synopsis

Written by a select group of internationally renowned scholars, this volume authoritatively assesses the present state of historical-Jesus research. The book examines different aspects of Jesus' life and thought in his historical and geographical setting and within his religious and cultural context, also suggesting what we may learn from Jesus' teachings. / Arising from the first Princeton-Prague Symposium on Jesus Research, held in the spring of 2005 in Prague, this comprehensive collection from the luminaries in this area of research provides a much-needed focus on the issues involved with seeking to re-create Jesus in his world.

Excerpt

In 1999 the Center for Biblical Studies here in Prague was established. This research institute is sponsored jointly by the Cabinet of Classical Studies at the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic and the Protestant Theological Faculty of Charles University. We created an institute for research into the Old Testament, the New Testament, and early Christian literature. We think that our geographical position, our multicultural past, and our traditions of critical exegesis, as well as our ecumenical orientation, enhance the success of the Center.

One of the first activities of the Center was a small Jesus symposium in 1999, which confronted the main theses of “the Third Quest” or Jesus Research and the advances within German critical research. Gradually, we extended our discussion, especially after I spent a period working in the Center of Theological Inquiry in Princeton in 2003-2004. Professor James H. Charlesworth, with his scholarly intuition and openness to reexamining even the pivotal axioms of biblical scholarship, visited our Center in Prague several times. in 2005, together with Charlesworth’s Princeton Dead Sea Scrolls Project, we organized a full international symposium in Prague. This symposium was devoted predominantly to the methodology of Jesus Research and to discussions about its theological and hermeneutical dimensions. We realized that it is necessary to make a clear distinction between the history of Jesus and the ways in which his significance is expressed in Christian confessions of faith (including his postEaster evaluation). At the same time it became obvious that it is not possible to separate these two dimensions from each other. On the one hand, the Christ of Christian confessions of faith inspires our critical research . . .

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