The Acts of Jesus
By Robert W. Funk and the Jesus Seminar
In their groundbreaking bestseller The Five Gospels, the scholars of the Jesus Seminar offered their analysis of the likely authenticity of the sayings of Jesus. Now, using the same color-coding technique, this volume reports the equally thoughtful and provocative assessment of all the events in the gospels.
For more than ten years, the Jesus Seminar has researched and debated the life and death of the historical Jesus. They have concluded that the Jesus of history is very different from the icon of traditional Christianity: Jesus did not walk on water, feed the multitude, change water into wine, or raise Lazarus from the dead. He was executed as a public nuisance, not for claiming to be the son of God. And in the view of the Seminar, he did not rise bodily from the dead; the resurrection is based instead on visionary experiences of Peter, Paul, and Mary.
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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 Acts of Jesus: The Search for the Authentic Deeds (1998, with the Jesus Seminar).