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Does Historical Jesus research have a future?

A G van Aarde

Verbum et Ecclesia; Vol 24, No 2 (2003), 533-556. doi: 10.4102/ve.v24i2.325

Submitted: 15 October 2003
Published:  17 November 2003


The  aim  of this article is to reflect on the work of historical Jesus scholars who represent the three facets in  the research, referred  to as the “New Quest”, the “Third Quest”,  and  the  “Renewed  New Quest”. This is followed by a description of a plausible  profile  of Jesus in order to demonstrate the author’s distinctive position. In the concluding  section of the article the question is addressed whether the investigation of the historical Jesus is still significant today. The answer ensues from both the debate with scholars and the described Jesus profile. The article ends with  the  vision  that, although the question as to the relationship between the historical Jesus and the faith assertions of Christians will never be adequately and  finally answered, the search for Jesus should continue. Both the church and society at large are benefiting from the quest.

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A G van Aarde, University of Pretoria, South Africa



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