I’ll try to keep things tighter this time as with this subject I’m much closer to the heart of the big questions of my life, a life shaped volens-nolens around Christian values and praxis. The problem is that, while I am still in a prolonged leave from participating to almost any form of organized religion (for over 15 years), I can evaluate the amount of time spent by myself on spiritual quest or soul-searching if you want, immersed relatively independent into the Christian environment, to at least three-quarters of my conscious life.
So, this is where I am, trapped in this world in which the upbringing and perhaps the genes have put me in, and from which I cannot and do not want to escape.
Along with studying the Archaeology of the Bible Lands, reading countless of articles by Christians and with Christian themes, the obsession with the Dead Sea Scrolls, came a more recent challenge which is that of finding as much as I can about the historical Jesus.
A few days ago I was browsing through the books section of a second-hand shop in North West London when I came across this inciting title: “The search of the historical Jesus”. It is an anthology, a collection of articles and works by a list of about 30 scholars selected and edited by Harvey K. McArthur. I happily parted with £1.50 a small price for a promising step in achieving the much-craved knowledge.
Some of the following posts will include summaries or personal opinions on the contributions of the authors to the subject.