The so-called Jesus Seminar has helped propagate a great deal of
misunderstanding in the "quest for the historical Jesus." For some, it proves
their point of viewseparating the man (with a lowercase m) who was Jesus from
the religious figure. But Christian scholars say it can get in the way of
sharing Christ with "thinking" people.
Still, says N.T. Wright, the Jesus Seminar did get something right. Its
proponents did seek Jesus. The Challenge of Jesus presents a critique
and explores biblical answers.
To understand Who Jesus is, Wright proposes five questions searchers must
answer: Where does Jesus belong within the Jewish world of His day? What was
His preaching of the kingdom all about? Why did Jesus die? Why did the early
church begin, and why did it take the shape it did? How does all this relate to
the Christian task and vision today?
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