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About 40 scholars, all specialists in the study of the historical Jesus, are seated around a table. They have just completed their discussion of a saying attributed to Jesus in the Gospels. The time has come for each to vote on a simple but...
Bible Review, October 1989
II. If Jesus did not travel to India, if the Buddha’s teachings did not enter Palestine via the Silk Road, then how can their similarities be explained? In the following essay, Marcus Borg contemplates the possibility that they derive not...
Bible Review, October 1999
During the Enlightenment, the historian’s job changed dramatically. It was no longer enough simply to chronicle events reported in earlier, authoritative texts. Tradition and authority had become suspect, as investigation and reason became the...
Bible Review, Summer 2005
Early days of New Testament criticism
More than two centuries ago, it occurred to a few European intellectuals that Jesus as a figure of history may have been quite different from Jesus as portrayed in the Gospels. With the awareness of that potential difference, the scholarly quest for the Jesus of history began. At that time and in...
Bible Review, October 1994
Based on the widely acclaimed symposia sponsored by the Biblical Archaeology Society and the Smithsonian Institution, this book presents scholarly discussions on the birth, life and death of the historical Jesus.
“God’s story” or a “human composition”? These two views of Scripture have been responsible for much confusion and conflict in religious communities since the Enlightenment.
Bible Review, August 1992
How can I be a Christian and say the things I say? … The truth of Christianity does not depend on the literal troth or historical infallibility of the Bible.
Bible Review, August 1993
The use of a sacrificial metaphor to interpret Jesus’ death subverted the role of the Temple: Its sacrifices were no longer the only way of dealing with impurity and sin.
Bible Review, April 1995
It is a terrible irony when the Book of Revelation is used not to comfort victims of oppression, as its author intended, but to justify violence against the innocent.
Bible Review, August 1995
To mainline New Testament scholars, it seems highly unlikely that early Christian scenarios about the future, wrong in their own time, might nevertheless be correct about some future time.
Bible Review, August 1994