A Professional Reading Course on Jesus in the Light of Modern Scholarship

Shirley Jackson Case
1911 The Biblical World  
What can be known about Jesus, and what are we to think of him? This question is of vital interest to the world of religious thought, especially in recent times when so much attention has been given to its investigation. In these pages for four successive months, SHIRLEY JACKSON CASE, of the New Testament Department in The University of Chicago, will outline a course of reading on this topic and discuss some of the best and most recent contributions of scholars to it. Questions for
more » ... ns for consideration should be addressed to the Editors of the BIBLICAL WORLD; inquiries concerning books and traveling libraries, to the American Institute of Sacred Literature. PRELIMINARY STATEMENT The Professional Reading Courses of the American Institute of Sacred Literature have been prepared in the hope that pastors and students of religious subjects might find hereby suggested the best books on themes of vital interest in their profession. In the course here proposed we are undertaking to introduce our readers to what is probably one of the most important problems of religious thinking today. No one can read our religious journals without being aware that the methods of critical scholarship which have brought about so many significant changes of opinion in the field of Old Testament study are now being applied to the New Testament. The results of this method of investigating the New Testament are of supreme interest to all Christians, especially in so far as these results are related to our thought of Jesus. In the history of Christian faith, the New Testament accounts of his person and work have usually been accepted without question. Will it be necessary for modern scholars to abandon this traditional custom ? Or will it be established more firmly than ever by the results of critical study ? Evidently there is only one way in which the thoughtful reader can arrive at a satisfactory answer to these questions. Mere dogmatic affirmations or denials of the necessity of changing our views have no weight with thinking men. They will desire to examine the data, and
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