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New Horizons in Historical Jesus Research? Hermeneutical Considerations Concerning The So-Called “Third Quest” of the Historical Jesus

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This chapter deals with the new approaches to the historical Jesus going under the label "Third Quest of the historical Jesus" from a methodological and hermeneutical viewpoint. It describes the epistemological presuppositions which characterize our constructions of the past. The chapter shows that the archaeological findings from Galilee made in the last decades have to be integrated in a plausible historical portrait of Jesus. According to the archaeological, numismatic and epigraphic evidence, the Galilee of Jesus' time was a predominantly Jewish area with well-established trade connections to the surrounding regions. Politically, the Galilee was a relatively quiet area. The challenging thesis of Bernard Lategan's article is that history should not be regarded as a fixed set of events. One of the main achievements of the newly inaugurated quest for the historical Jesus is the integration of literary and archaeological sources in the descriptions of Jesus' activity and fate.

Keywords: Bernard Lategan; Galilee; historical Jesus



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