BR 12:05, Oct 1996
The Eschatological Jesus
Did he believe the end was near?
Albert Schweitzer, after reviewing the 19th centurys quest for the historical Jesus, believed that honest scholars must choose between two alternatives, between what he called thoroughgoing eschatologya and thoroughgoing skepticism. By this he meant that either Jesus lived in the same imaginative world as early Jewish apocalypses,b like 1 Enoch and 2 Baruch, or that we know next to nothing about him.1