The Gospel of Jesus and the Jesus of the Gospels
Author: Robert W. Funk
From Westar Institute’s Spring 1994 meeting.
The vision of the historical Jesus that emerges from his authentic sayings cannot be reconciled with the Christ figure described in the early Christian gospels. Here Robert Funk contrasts the gospel of Jesus with the proclamation of the primitive Christian church found in the gospels and in the Apostles’ Creed. He demonstrates how Jesus of Nazareth was transformed from a wandering sage into a heavenly redeemer in the course of a few years.
Robert W. Funk (Ph.D., Vanderbilt University) was a recognized pioneer in modern biblical scholarship. A Guggenheim Fellow and Senior Fulbright Scholar, he served as Annual Professor of the American School of Oriental Research in Jerusalem and 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), Honest to Jesus (1996), and A Credible Jesus (2002).