Concordia Theological Monthly

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Jesus, historical, reimarus, strauss, new testament, human, faith, theological, nazareth, rationalism, schweitzer

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Bible Study; Lecture; Sermon Prep


We are about to discuss a subject that is quite difficult - if not impossible - to treat in completely detached or neutral fashion. For this is a subject which forces a man, every man, to take a position and to make a decision. The earnestness of this decision is to be found in the fact that this is not merely a subject for academic disputation. It is a question of theology and faith. The subject historically has been treated in terms of a question, or a "riddle," as one English scholar has called it. The question or riddle is basically this: 'What is the relation between the actual historical person and career of Jesus of Nazareth and the description of Him given by the Evangelists and authors of the New Testament?"


Religious Thought, Theology and Philosophy of Religion

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Laity; Ministers; Scholars