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Evangelical Christians and Historical-Jesus Studies: Final Reflections

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This article presents an overall response to critical essays and ensuing discussion on the part of prominent historical-Jesus scholars regarding whether and how evangelical Christians can engage in such study in a manner that will be approved by the guild at large. It critiques arguments put forward by evangelical scholars Darrell Bock and Craig Keener as historically unpersuasive but nevertheless contends that their work meets the guild's standards of legitimacy in a manner that deserves a fair hearing. It supports Robert Miller and AmyJill Levine's contention that historical research must be able to yield negative results to have integrity, but picks up on a point by Robert Webb to suggest that such negative results may be defined methodologically ('this cannot be verified') rather than ontologically ('this did not happen').


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