I wanted to give a shout out to Dr. Rimm from Moody Bible Institute. In my apologetics class, he encouraged me to write a thesis type paper analyzing James Dunn’s “Jesus Remembered” and the abridged version “A New Perspective on Jesus.” While I researched this paper, I was, for the first time, exposed to the various “Quests” for the historical Jesus, the Synoptic Problem, and several other matters concerning gospel studies. I was reminded of this today as I read this paragraph in Klyne Snodgrass’ work “Stories with Intent:”
We do not have the ipsissima verba of Jesus, nor should we expect them, and attempted reconstructions are not going to supply them. James Dunn is right; the only Jesus accessible to us is the remembered Jesus, Jesus as he impacted his disciples. Dunn’s position is reminiscent of Martin Kähler’s: the only Jesus that exists is the historic, biblical Christ. Anything else is a figment of the imagination. This is not to side with those who would deemphasize the historical analysis of Jesus, but it is a recognition of the nature of our documents.
It is always nice to explore new areas of study and find that old endeavors have already paved the way.
Good luck on your upcoming paper! I am torn between yours and “The Man Christ Jesus: The Humanity of Jesus in Paul’s Writing and Preaching”.
Thanks for the encouragement! The other presentation sounds enticing…too bad I can’t skip my own presentation.