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The Historical Christ and the Jesus of Faith: The Incarnational Narrative as History

C. Stephen Evans


The story of Jesus of Nazareth, as recounted in the New Testament (incarnational narrative), has always been understood by the Church to be historically true. It is an account of the life, death, and resurrection of a real person, whose links with history are firmly signalled in the creeds of the early Church, which affirm that Jesus ‘suffered under Pontius Pilate’. Contemporary historical scholarship has, however, called into question the reliability of the Church’s version of this story, and thereby raised the question of whether ordinary people can know its historical truth. This book argue ... More

Keywords: Enlightenment, epistemology, faith, historical scholarship, historicity, history, incarnational narrative, Jesus, New Testament, religious history, the Jesus of faith, the Jesus of history

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 1996 Print ISBN-13: 9780198263975
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003 DOI:10.1093/019826397X.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

C. Stephen Evans, author
Calvin College
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