Jesus: Legend, Teacher, Critic, or Son of God?
Gregory Boyd ~ Robert Price
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Boyd says there are other historical documents we accept as “good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.
Program recording date and length: 2003 ~ 1 Hour 29 Minutes (This study was presented originally at the University of California, Los Angeles.)