The Quest of the Historical Jesus

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Fortress Press, Jan 1, 2001 - Religion - 562 pages
A monument in historical Jesus studies In this revised translation and retrieval of the full text of the revised German edition, Schweitzer describes and critiques eighteenth and nineteenth century attempts at retrieving the "Jesus of history" and stands at the crossroads of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries to bring closure to the former, and to open the latter for New Testament scholarship. Schweitzer saw the problems of historiography, theology, and politics in the ways the issues were formulated - and the answers proposed - and refocused attention on Jesus' "eschatology" in a way abandoned by his predecessors. Issues of the messianic secret, the nature of the kingdom of God, and Jesus' mission are addressed. Because of the new invigorated study of Jesus in his first-century context, informed readers will desire Schweitzer as a reference point for the mistakes of the past and the possibilitites of new directions.

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Contents

The Eschatological Question
188
Against Eschatology
200
Aramaic Rabbinic Buddhist
219
The Quest of the Historical Jesus at the End of the Nineteenth Century
262
The Criticism of the Modern Historical View by Wrede and Thoroughgoing Eschatology
294
Description and Criticism of Wredes Hypothesis
301
The Solution of Thoroughgoing Eschatology
313
The Most Recent Disputing of the Historicity of Jesus
353

Strausss Opponents and Supporters
89
The Markan Hypothesis
108
Bruno Bauer
122
Further Imaginative Lives of Jesus
141
Renan
156
The Liberal Lives of Jesus
166
The Debate about the Historicity of Jesus
389
1907 to 1912
435
Conclusion
476
Notes
486
Index
553
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