A Scandalous Jesus: How Three Historic Quests Changed Theology for the Better

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The question of the historical Jesus is not only a historical question but also a historic one. And historic questions can be the most scandalous, says Joe Bessler, because they challenge the assumptions governing societies. Like Galileo questioning the Ptolemaic universe, historic questions transgress the limits of authority, belonging, and institutional legitimacy. Each of the three quests of the historical Jesus from the original quest in the early 20th century, through the new quest, to the renewed quest in the late 20th century has opened up new questions. In A Scandalous Jesus, Bessler seeks to capture the historic questions that surround and to shape research on the historical Jesus and assess the impact of the differing quests on theological and cultural life.

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Finally a theologian who takes the historical Jesus seriously! Joseph Bessler asks what the work of the Jesus Seminar contributes to the theological task, and, even more, he shows the implied but often unspoken political implications of various theologies of the Christ of faith. An exciting book that offers to set theology on a new and renewing course. --Bernard Brandon Scott, Phillips Theological Seminary

Bessler makes an innovative argument about the question of the historical Jesus and he makes it well. He challenges my own skepticism about the historical Jesus, awaking me from my skeptical slumbers. --Clark Williamson Indiana Chair of Christian Thought, emeritus Christian Theological Seminary

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