With respects to the challenges that are faced to Christian theology through historical critical reading of the Bible, it never answered one question who was Jesus and when did he exactly live. The research that I have obtained on the quest for historical Jesus comes from Hans Schwarz Theology in a Global Context: the Last 200 Years and also from Albert Schweitzer’s The Quest for Historical Jesus. These two novels helped my research tremendously and gave me a starting point in my quest for Historical Jesus.
During the nineteenth century a man by the name of Fredrich Schleiermacher began to lecture on the life of Jesus Christ. It was during this time that the search for Jesus Christ and historical artifacts was at an all time high. Three things factored in the search for Jesus. The first, being that there was a greater awareness of all the different sources that the New Testament contained. The second was that there was more information for biblical texts. The third reason is that with the emergence of romanticism, in Italy and Germany many people became intrigued with the Holy Land so more travels to the Holy Land became more popular and people would go there to find artifacts. With the artifacts that were being found it made more people interested in the life of the “founder” of the Christian Religion (Schwarz, p g 264).
In 1819, Fredrich Schleiermacher was the first person to put the life of Jesus Christ into context where he could teach about it and have academic studies on it. At this point in time no one had ever tried to lecture on the life of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, it had only been written in books (Schwarz, p g 264). Schleiermacher’s Life of Jesus introduces humans to an order of transitional ideas that was quite different at the time. The value of the book lies within dogma tics and not in the history of the life. It wasn’t until 1864 that he finally came out with his book. The book is reconstructed of student’s... [continues]
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