Three Searches for the “Historical Jesus” but No Biblical Christ (Part 2): Evangelical Participation in the Search for the “Historical Jesus”

This is the second of a two-part series surveying the ongoing search for the “historical Jesus” that has been conducted the last 250 years. This article covers the growing, as well as alarming, evangelical participation in this quest. Central to the evangelical participation is the concept of postmodernist historiography where “probability” is the best that can be asserted about key Gospel events, while judgment about the historicity of other events in the Gospels must be suspended if they cannot be demonstrated through subjective application of criteria of authenticity. The number four (4) looms strategic in the difference between many evangelicals and liberals, for Part One of this series showed that while E. P. Sanders held to 8 events that may have probability in the Gospels, evangelical participants in the search hold to 12 key Gospel events that have “probability” of occurrence.

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Turabian: Farnell, F. David. "Three Searches for the “Historical Jesus” but No Biblical Christ (Part 2): Evangelical Participation in the Search for the “Historical Jesus”." The Master's Seminary Journal 24, no. 1 (Spring 2013): 25-67.

APA: Farnell, F. D. (2013). Three Searches for the “Historical Jesus” but No Biblical Christ (Part 2): Evangelical Participation in the Search for the “Historical Jesus”. The Master's Seminary Journal, 24(1), 25-67.