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Bibil Identifier bibil:203578
Publication Type Book
Title (English, Long) The Historical Christ and the Jesus of Faith
Title (English, ) The Incarnational Narrative as History
Author Evans, C. Stephen
Year (Publication) 1996
Year (Original (1st Edition)) 1996
Year (Copyright) 1996
Year (Reference) 1996
Library BCU/Dorigny, Lausanne
Signature Pérunil
Publishing house Clarendon Press
Place Oxford
ISBN 0–19–826382–1
Edition number 1
Language English
Pages xiv Pages
386 Pages
height in cm -
Genre Original
Abstract The story of Jesus of Nazareth, as recounted in the New Testament (incarnational narrative), has always been understood by the Church to be historically true. It is an account of the life, death, and resurrection of a real person, whose links with history are firmly signalled in the creeds of the early Church, which affirm that Jesus ‘suffered under Pontius Pilate’. Contemporary historical scholarship has, however, called into question the reliability of the Church’s version of this story, and thereby raised the question of whether ordinary people can know its historical truth. This book argues that the historicity of the story still matters, and that its religious significance cannot be captured by the category of ‘non-historical myth’. The commonly drawn distinction between the Jesus of faith and the Jesus of history cannot be maintained. The Christ who is the object of faith must be seen as historical; the Jesus who is reconstructed by historical scholarship is always shaped by commitments of faith. A reconsideration of the Enlightenment epistemologies that underlie much historical scholarship shows that historical knowledge of this story is still possible. Such knowledge can be inferential, based on historical evidence. Newer accounts suggest that this knowledge can also be epistemologically basic, although never groundless. A careful look at contemporary New Testament studies, and the philosophical and literary assumptions upon which they rest, shows that this scholarship should not undermine the confidence of lay people who believe that they can know that the Church’s story about Jesus is true.
DOI 10.1093/019826397X.001.0001
Keywords Thesaurus BiBIL : New Testament (Introduction) : Jesus : Historical Jesus
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