Honest to Jesus: Jesus for a New Millennium

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Robert Funk, eminent biblical scholar and founder of the Jesus Seminar, documents his brilliant and provocative search for the original voice and vision of Jesus. This bold investigation takes the reader through the ancient gospels and history to find Jesus the subversive, the social critic, the dissident, the sage. Funk envisions and proposes a revitalized Christianity--shaped by history, not orthodoxy, and based on the unparalleled power of the authentic teachings of Jesus.

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Honest to Jesus is far and away the best book about the goals and work of the contemporary Historical Jesus movement. Robert W. Funk is director of the Westar Institute, which sponsors an annual Jesus seminar in which scholars attempt to establish which events recorded in the gospels actually happened and which did not. In Honest to Jesus, Funk describes these scholars' professional methodologies and personal goals, and summarizes their surprising findings. His prose is clear, his passion is bracing, and his conclusions are challenging. Funk's Jesus, in the end, emerges as a revolutionary figure for a new age, without being the least bit New Age-y.

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" Honest to Jesus is a powerful, provocative and eminently readable book. Robert Funk will threaten the traditional uncritical believer, but he will excite, encourage and give hope to countless millions who are drawn to Jesus, but who are repelled by the theological structures of the past which have captured Jesus. Perhaps Funk has constructed the bridge over which faith in Jesus can travel with integrity in its quest to enter the 21st century." -The Rt. Rev. John Shelby Spong, author of Liberating the Gospels: Reading the Bible with Jewish Eyes

Speaking out on the historical Jesus for the first time, the founder of the pioneering Jesus Seminar launches a landmark new investigation into who Jesus really was. With brilliant insight, Robert Funk reveals how Jesus was transformed from iconoclast to icon, and outlines a daring, tradition-shattering agenda for freeing Jesus from the constraints of orthodoxy and reinventing Christianity for the coming era.

"I am inclined to the view that Jesus caught a glimpse of what the world is really like when you look at it with Gods eyes. He endeavored to pass that glimpse along in short stories we call parables and in subversive proverbs we call aphorisms. But he did not spell out what he meant. I have a glimpse of the real Jesus stealing a peek at Gods domain. My glimpse is informed by, but bypasses, the Jesus of the Gospels the Christ superimposed by the evangelists on their own glimpse of the real Jesus... I am convinced that the New Testament conceals the real Jesus as frequently as it reveals him."-from the Introduction

In Honest to Jesus, Robert Funk, one of the preeminent biblical scholars of our time, embarks on a radical investigation into the transformation of Jesus, the social rebel and iconoclast, into Jesus, the religious icon. Founder of the Jesus Seminar the group of writers, philosophers, and theologians spearheading new research into the historical Jesus and the authenticity of the gospels -- Funk has never before articulated his own bold and fearless vision of who Jesus truly was and how his legacy should be approached by the modern world.

In brilliant detective work, Funk dismantles the ancient gospels in his search for the true voice of Jesus -- the coiner of sayings, the teller of tales and aphorisms, and the performer of symbolic acts. And Funk finds in the gospels a Jesus whose troubling and even subversive vision of Gods domain on earth led him to Jerusalem, to persecution, and finally to execution as a common criminal.

Funk's investigation concludes with an explosive call to arms. In twenty-one theses, Funk articulates a revolutionary new vision of Jesus and Christianity for the next millennium. Freed from religious and political propaganda, liberated from the cobwebs of orthodoxy, this is a Jesus restored to the roles of social critic, dissident and sage. Funk envisions a revitalized Christianity shaped by history rather than orthodoxy and based not on the Christ of the creeds but on the teachings of Jesus in all their original power. Forthright, penetrating, and as radical as the mysterious figure it investigates, Honest to Jesus is a new classic in the debate over the search for the real Jesus and its implications for modern Christianity.

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