Honest to Jesus
Jesus for a New Millennium
Author: Robert W. Funk
Honest to Jesus details Robert Funk’s investigation into who Jesus was and outlines his bold vision of the future of Christianity. Among the authentic remnants, he finds a Jesus whose troubling vision led him to Jerusalem and to his execution as a common criminal. In twenty-one theses, he articulates his own vision of Jesus and Christianity for the third millennium—a Jesus freed from religious and political propaganda, restored to his role as social critic, rebel and sage, and a Christianity shaped by history, based on the deeds of Jesus in all their original, subversive power.
Robert W. Funk was a distinguished teacher, writer, translator and publisher in the field of religion. A Guggenheim Fellow and Senior Fulbright Scholar, he served as Annual Professor of the American School of Oriental Research in Jerusalem and as chair of the Graduate Department of Religion at Vanderbilt University. Robert Funk was a recognized pioneer in modern biblical scholarship, having led the Society of Biblical Literature as its Executive Secretary from 1968–1973. His many books include A Beginning-Intermediate Grammar to Hellenistic Greek (3d ed., 2013), The Five Gospels: The Search for the Authentic Words of Jesus (1993) and The Acts of Jesus: The Search for the Authentic Deeds (1998, with the Jesus Seminar).