Religion: The Real Jesus

One of the key themes of Biblical theology at the turn of the century was the search for the "historical" Jesus, an attempt to discover his "personality" and his own sense of his mission. This quest seemed to be all but demolished in the years between World Wars I and II by such "form" critics* as German Theologian Rudolf Bultmann, who maintains that all that is known about Jesus was set down by the early church after the resurrection, when the first Christians saw him as the Messiah and composed the Gospels to prove it. Therefore, says Bultmann, one cannot know...

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