Honest to Jesus: Jesus for a New Millennium

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HarperSanFrancisco, 1996 - Religion - 342 pages
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In Honest to Jesus, Robert Funk, one of the preeminent biblical scholars of our time, embarks on a radical investigation into the transformation of Jesus the social rebel and iconoclast into Jesus the religious icon. Founder of the Jesus Seminar - the group of writers, philosophers, and theologians spearheading new research into the historical Jesus and the authenticity of the gospels - Funk has never before articulated his own bold and fearless vision of who Jesus truly was and how his legacy should be approached by the modern world. Funk's investigation concludes with an explosive call to arms. In twenty-one theses, Funk articulates a revolutionary new vision of Jesus and Christianity for the next millennium. Freed from religious and political propaganda, liberated from the cobwebs of orthodoxy, this is a Jesus restored to the roles of social critic, dissident, and sage. Funk envisions a revitalized Christianity - shaped by history rather than orthodoxy and based not on the Christ of the creeds but on the teachings of Jesus in all their original power. Forthright, penetrating, and as radical as the mysterious figure it investigates, Honest to Jesus is a new classic in the debate over the search for the real Jesus and its implications for modern Christianity.

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Contents

One The Jesus Question
17
Two From Nazareth to Nicea
31
Five Translation and Text
77
An Orthodox Bridge to the Past
99
Seven The Gospels
121
F ight The Search for the Rhetorical Jesus
143
Eleven The Gospel of Jesus
197
Twelve The Death of Jesus
219
Jesus for a New Age
297
Notes
315
Suggested Readings
322
Index of Ancient Texts
336
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About the author (1996)

Robert W. Funk is the director of Polebridge Press.

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