Jesus of Nazareth has been the center of significant media attention in recent years. Even before Mel Gibson's "The Passion of the Christ," Jesus had been the focus of featu re articles in Time, Newsweek, and U.S. News and World Report. Jesus was also the subject of television documentaries by PBS, A&E, T LC, the History Channel, the Discovery Channel and even a fu ll length prime time special by ABC News. Most presentations focus on Jesus as a man of history. In fact, the last 20 yea rs have been part of what scholars are now calling the "Third Quest for the historical Jesus," which is generally characterized by serious attempts to understand Jesus of Nazareth in the historical context of first century Palestine. This essay will highlight some of these historical studies beginning with an introduction to the various "Quests" for Jesus, but focusing primarily on the "Third Quest" which began in the mid-1980's and continues unabated even today.
"Resources on the Historical Study of Jesus,"
The Christian Librarian: Vol. 48
, Article 2.
Available at: http://digitalcommons.georgefox.edu/tcl/vol48/iss2/2