QUESTFOR HISTORICAL JESUS
Questfor Historical Jesus
Religionhas always been a bone of contention among various parties. Eachgroup has to define the associated supreme to certain behaviors andvalues. An ideal example is the topic about Jesus that some of theparties cannot agree, and as a result, the concept of the historicalJesus arose. The main reason is that each party associated Jesus withcertain traits. Furthermore, various theories emerged that were usedto describe Jesus an example being Jesus the reformer. However, thehistorical placing of Jesus can be viewed from various quartersnamely placement in specific paradigms, placement along complexbiblical texts and inferences and finally the research in to theancient world. To this effect, the various quests presented havediffered on various issues that this paper seeks to navigate into.
Tobegin with, some have presented Jesus to a cynic and itinerantphilosopher (Marshall,2004).Furthermore, he has the spirit of a human being, in additional tohaving the title of eschatological prophet. Jesus is viewed as a Jewwith an origin in Galilee. Moreover, the designation in the thirdquest has been challenged by various scholars. However, the criticismis uncalled for, since analysis has been done more carefully usingvarious sources, such as Gospel of Thomas and Dead Sea Scrolls, thusimproving people’s knowledge about Judea in the first century.Moreover, the interdisciplinary coordination between the scholars hasenabled a better understanding of the people of Judea. Additionally,the proponents of the third quest have a general consensus with therest on the Jesus life outline. The only misunderstanding being onthe purpose of Jesus in addition to the intended message and selfdiscovery
Thethird quest is quite dominant in this case and various methodologieshave been adopted and used to determine the mission of Jesus in theworld(Marshall, 2004).Among them is the criterion through dissimilarity. This done throughcomparison of various sayings attested to Jesus .Though they may bedifferent in the various languages the message turns out to be thesame. However, in some instances Jesus though a Jew did exactly theopposite of the expected for example he ate with sinners and outcast.As a result this turned out to be historical since it was unexpectedof a Jew. To add on that the embarrassment criterion was also used todefine Jesus as historical since some of the saying he said andactions done indicate that he did not always conform to thetraditions set by the Jews in the laws. An ideal example is theutterance by Jesus stating that that heaven does not belong only tothe righteous but to all those that repent their sins. Moreover theculture and language have also prompted the questioning to determinethe true origin, since he is seen adopting some Palestinian culturethat is not part of the Jewish traditions.
Anumber of theories have been brought forward to try and explain thevarious observable and debatable issues about Jesus. Moreover,various theories have been brought forward including the Cynichypothesis And the Q and the Thomas’ gospel (Marshall,2004).Additionally, the various words and actions have been used to comeinto terms with Jesus of the history. The act is laborious andinvolves piercing together scripture to get a full understanding ofthe word. Few viewed Jesus as a radical, even though this might beattributed to lack of understanding of the word. To cap it all, thevarious actions that Jesus is involved cut a figure of selfconsciousness thus a historical Jesus. An ideal example is thecleansing of the temple.
Tosummarize, it is important that readers take time to understand theirreligions properly together with their supreme beings to ensure thatconfusion does not a rise. Thus, people are able to strike a commonconsensus.
Marshall,I. H. (2004). Ibelieve in the historical Jesus.Vancouver: Regent College Pub.