Biblical scholar Luke Timothy Johnson examines the enduring popularity of historical Jesus scholarship.
Biblical scholar Luke Timothy Johnson argues that historical scholarship alone cannot find the living Jesus. Though the study of history can help Christians to becomes responsible readers of the Gospels, engaging Jesus as a literary figure is ultimately a more fruitful exercise for the person of faith. Prof. Johnson also discusses why 14 years after the publication of The Real Jesus, his critique of historical Jesus scholarship, the popularity of John Dominic Crossan, Marcus Borg and other such scholars endures. Read "The Jesus Controversy" from the August 2-9 issue.