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A Scandalous Jesus: How Three Historic Quests Changed Theology for the Better
Bessler, Joseph A.

Salem, OR: Polebridge, 2013 pp. x + 259. $25.00

Description: The question of the historical Jesus is not only a historical question but also a historic one. And historic questions can be the most scandalous, says Joe Bessler, because they challenge the assumptions governing societies. Like Galileo questioning the Ptolemaic universe, historic questions transgress the limits of authority, belonging, and institutional legitimacy. Each of the three quests of the historical Jesus—from the original quest in the early 20th century, through the new quest, to the renewed quest in the late 20th century—has opened up new questions. In A Scandalous Jesus, Bessler seeks to capture the historic questions that surround and shape research on the historical Jesus and assess the impact of the differing quests on theological and cultural life.

Subjects: Bible, New Testament, Literature, Methods, Theological Approaches, Biblical Theology, New Testament Theology

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Review by Mary K. Schmitt
Published 4/22/2015
Citation: Mary K. Schmitt, review of Joseph A. Bessler, A Scandalous Jesus: How Three Historic Quests Changed Theology for the Better, Review of Biblical Literature [] (2015).

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