Tag: historical Jesus

Jesus for a Certain Kind of Modern Mind: A Review of Christ Actually

Christ Actually: The Son of God for a Secular Age By James Carroll 284 pp.  Viking Penguin.  $30.00 James Carroll tells a story of two wars against the Jews, two thousand years apart, that require an ethical response from twenty-first-century readers.  Any such response that does not wish to ignore the truth of history, Carroll…

The Usual Suspects, Redux: A Review of Saving Jesus, Redux for SpeakEasyBloggers

When I saw that the talking heads featured in the DVD series were Marcus Borg and Brian McLaren and Diana Butler-Bass and Matthew Fox, I already had a good idea from whom the videos would purport to “save” Jesus. I was not disappointed. Saving Jesus, Redux brings together a host of moderate-liberal commentators for short…

Jesus, History, and Interpretation: A Response to Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth by Reza Aslan

Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth by Reza Aslan 272 pp. Random House. $27.00. I’ll say this up front: New Testament Studies is a hard discipline.  Its difficulty comes from the wide range of academic departments involved in doing it well.  To dig in for real, one must have some facility with ancient languages…