The Five Gospels
The Search for the Authentic Words of Jesus
Robert W. Funk, Roy W. Hoover, and the Jesus Seminar
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The Five Gospels is the extraordinary report of the Jesus Seminar on the sayings attributed to Jesus. The scholars of the Seminar analyzed the likely authenticity of the more than 1,500 sayings attributed to Jesus in the gospels. The text of the sayings is color-coded red, pink, gray or black, according to the consensus of the scholars: red (Jesus undoubtedly said this or something like it), pink (Jesus probably said something like this), gray (Jesus did not say this, but the ideas are close to his own), black (Jesus did not say this; it represents the content of a later or different tradition).
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 The Five Gospels: The Search for the Authentic Words of Jesus (1993) and The Acts of Jesus: The Search for the Authentic Deeds (1998) (both with the Jesus Seminar) and Honest to Jesus (1996), and A Credible Jesus (2002).
Roy W. Hoover taught courses in ancient Greek, biblical history and literature, capitalism and socialism in theological perspective, and world religions. A Fellow of the Jesus Seminar since 1986, he wrote a number of the papers that served as the basis for the Seminar’s deliberations and has been a frequent participant in the Jesus Seminar on the Road Program. Along with The Five Gospels, Roy is co-author of The Authentic Letters of Paul (with Arthur J. Dewey, Lane C. McGaughy, and Daryl D. Schmidt), 2010. His published articles have appeared in Harvard Theological Review, Forum, The Fourth R, and Bible Review. In 1992, he received the Whitman College Award for Faculty Achievement. He holds a B.A. from Pasadena College and a Th.D. Harvard University.