The real issue is what the data tell us about the Jesus of history. What sources do we have at our disposal? Is there any material from non-Christians? When did Jesus live? What did he do? What did he teach? How did he die? Is there any truth to the New Testament contention that Jesus was raised from the dead? It is our purpose to pursue the answers to many of these questions both by addressing critical challenges and by ascertaining what sources support a traditional understanding of Jesus.

28 Richard Horsley, Jesus and the Spiral of Violence: Popular Jewish Resistance in Roman Palestine(San Francisco: Harper and Row, 1987).

29 Examples include James H. Charlesworth, Jesus Within Judaism(Garden City: Doubleday, 1988); John P. Meier, A Marginal Jew: Rethinking the Historical Jesus, Vol. 1 (Garden City: Doubleday, 1991) and Mentor, Message, Miracle, Vol. 2 (Garden City: Doubleday, 1994).

30 Some representative volumes include the following: Robert W. Funk, Roy W. Hoover, and the Jesus Seminar, The Five Gospels: The Search for the Authentic Words of Jesus (New York: Macmillan, 1993); John Dominic Crossan, The Historical Jesus: The Life of a Mediterranean Jewish Peasant(San Francisco: Harper Collins, 1991); John Dominic Crossan, Jesus: A Revolutionary Biography(San Francisco: HarperSanFrancisco, 1994); Marcus J. Borg, Jesus: A New Vision: Spirit, Culture, and the Life of Discipleship(San Francisco: Harper Collins, 1987). A volume that exhibits some similarities is Burton L. Mack, The Lost Gospel: The Book of Q and Christian Origins(San Francisco: HarperSanFrancisco, 1993).