Setting Jesus Free From Postmodern Reconstructions: Was Jesus A Galilean Jew Or A Jewish Hellenist? -- By: Steven M. Ortiz
Journal: Journal for Baptist Theology & Ministry
Volume: JBTM 02:2 (Fall 2004)
Article: Setting Jesus Free From Postmodern Reconstructions: Was Jesus A Galilean Jew Or A Jewish Hellenist?
Author: Steven M. Ortiz
JBTM 2:2 (Fall 2004) p. 113
Setting Jesus Free From Postmodern Reconstructions:
Was Jesus A Galilean Jew Or A Jewish Hellenist?
Assistant Professor of Archaeology and Biblical Studies
New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary
New Orleans, LA
Popular culture is searching for the real Jesus. The success of Mel Gibson’s movie The Passion and the book The DaVinci Code illustrate that Jesus is still important to Western Culture. The question is whether popular culture is meeting the real Jesus or a reconstructed Jesus who looks like a
This tension in the pulpit and pews correlates to trends among biblical scholars within acadamia. Perhaps one of the most influential movements in Historical Jesus Studies is the Jesus Seminar. The Jesus Seminar was founded in
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church.1 The group expanded their scope and next addressed questions concerning the life and work of Jesus. The result of this study was that only 16% of the events reported in the Gospels were deemed authentic.2 Currently the Jesus Seminar is attempting to produce a description of who Jesus was and consequently—who Jesus is.
In his book Honest to Jesus, Funk states that the “aim of the quest is to set Jesus free,” to “liberate Jesus from the scriptural and creedal and experiential prisons in which we have incarcerated him.”3 He proposes a Jesus who was a subversive sage—a secular sage. He then attempts to rediscover this Galilean sage as an historical figure. The initial aim to set Jesus free from centuries of theological a...
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