I’m studying for my History class and need an explanation.
What is known about the historical life of Jesus? How is this similar to and different from the Jesus appearing though out the New Testament, especially the gospels?
Discuss issues about the “Jesus of Faith” and the “Jesus of History.” Keep in mind the nature of the sources believers and scholars use and what their different points of departure or agendas are. What is at stake in Christianity about this question? Can both questions help illuminate each other or must they necessarily conflict?
What value do secular approaches to sacred texts fundamentally have – if any? What does logos have to add to mythos, and mythos to logos? And keep in mind our two basic questions the issue exemplifies – What is there? and What should I think?
How do these impact the first century experiences and documentation produced by the first Christians and the generations who followed, and the interpretation of the leaders of those religions today?