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Jesus: Legend, Teacher, Critic, or Son of God?

Gregory Boyd ~ Robert Price

Dr. Robert Price of the Jesus Seminar and Dr. Gregory Boyd engage an academic dialogue on the subject of the historical Jesus. Price argues that the Gospels are written like legend, but Boyd claims they are not. Dr. Price finds himself “sifting the gospel traditions” as he examines the biblical time period, the witnesses, the gospel genre, and what he refers to as “parallel cases.” Boyd follows this lead but thinks that legendary hypothesis is not sufficient to explain Christ. He says, “the gospels are generally reliable; they are not legendary.” Boyd quotes C. S. Lewis who claims, “Jesus is myth become reality,” i.e., the legends imitate Christ. Boyd says there are other historical documents we accept as “good history”; whereas, the Gospels are not given the reliable authenticity allowed other documents written centuries earlier, of which there are fewer written records, in comparison to the many existing texts of the Gospels.

Gregory A. Boyd is Senior Pastor at Woodland Hills Church in St. Paul, Minnesota. He is also a professor of theology at Bethel College in St. Paul and holds an M.Div. from Yale Divinity School, and a Ph.D. from Princeton Theological Seminary. He has written numerous articles and published seven books, including the best seller, Letters From a Skeptic (Victor, 1996) which has been translated into five languages. His other books are Trinity and Process (Peter Lang, 1992), Cynic, Sage or Son of God? (Bridgepoint, 1995), Jesus Under Seige (Victor, 1995), God at War (InterVarsity, 1997), and God of the Possible (Baker, 2000).

Robert M. Price teaches philosophy and religion at Johnston Community College in Smithfield, North Carolina. The founding editor of The Journal of Higher Criticism, he is the author of The Widow Traditions in Luke-Acts: A Feminist-Critical Scrutiny (1997), Deconstructing Jesus (1999), and The Incredible Shrinking Son of Man (forthcoming 2003). His academic credentials include an M.T.S. from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, a Ph.D. from Drew University (1981), and a second Ph.D. from Drew in1993.

Program recording date and length: 2003 ~ 1 Hour 29 Minutes (This study was presented originally at the University of California, Los Angeles.)

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