The Future of Criteria in Historical Jesus Research

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The Future of Criteria in Historical Jesus Research. / Hägerland, Tobias.

I: Journal for the Study of the Historical Jesus, Vol. 13, Nr. 1, 2015, s. 43-65.

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T1 - The Future of Criteria in Historical Jesus Research

AU - Hägerland, Tobias

N1 - The information about affiliations in this record was updated in December 2015. The record was previously connected to the following departments: Centre for Theology and Religious Studies (015017000)

PY - 2015

Y1 - 2015

N2 - Recent discussions of method in historical Jesus research have called into question the use of criteria for evaluating the authenticity of Gospel material. The present article lays out the reasons why a number of scholars call for an abandonment of the so-called criteria approach and then criticizes the allegation that this approach is genetically and logically dependent on form criticism. By analysis of how the question of authenticity is handled with regard to Jesus’ baptism, his action in the temple and his crucifixion, it is then argued that criteria are necessary for assessing the historicity of major events in the life of Jesus. Finally, three suggestions as to how the future use of authenticity criteria may take into account the recent challenges are made.

AB - Recent discussions of method in historical Jesus research have called into question the use of criteria for evaluating the authenticity of Gospel material. The present article lays out the reasons why a number of scholars call for an abandonment of the so-called criteria approach and then criticizes the allegation that this approach is genetically and logically dependent on form criticism. By analysis of how the question of authenticity is handled with regard to Jesus’ baptism, his action in the temple and his crucifixion, it is then argued that criteria are necessary for assessing the historicity of major events in the life of Jesus. Finally, three suggestions as to how the future use of authenticity criteria may take into account the recent challenges are made.

KW - authenticity criteria

KW - form criticism

KW - historical method

KW - Jesus

KW - memory

KW - recurrent attestation

U2 - 10.1163/17455197-01301003

DO - 10.1163/17455197-01301003

M3 - Article

VL - 13

SP - 43

EP - 65

JO - Journal for the Study of the Historical Jesus

T2 - Journal for the Study of the Historical Jesus

JF - Journal for the Study of the Historical Jesus

SN - 1476-8690

IS - 1

ER -