Podcast 5.3: Studying the Historical Jesus – Sources and Problems, part 3

This episode is the final of three that introduce key historical sources and problems in reconstructing the life of a peasant from Galilee, the historical Jesus. This is part of series 5 (The Historical Jesus in Context) of the Religions of the Ancient Mediterranean podcast.

Podcast 5.3: Studying the Historical Jesus – Sources and Problems, part 3 (mp3; archive.org page with various downloading options here).

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3 thoughts on “Podcast 5.3: Studying the Historical Jesus – Sources and Problems, part 3

  1. Mark Goodacre

    Thanks for the enjoyable podcast series, Phil. Can’t resist a quick comment on Q. It’s good to hear the way that you make clear that decisions on Synoptic issues affect our reading of Historical Jesus materials. Would it be worth introducing people, though, to Q scepticism in this context, especially as some of the giants in Historical Jesus studies are Q sceptics (Sanders, Wright)? In general, I find that discussion of Synoptic issues in this context does help the issues of method to come alive for students, likewise with the issue you do mention on the independence or otherwise of Thomas.

    Anyway, keep up the great work on these. Your podcast style, using an edited lecture capture, has encouraged me to try something similar in my extended eps. of the NT Pod, so thanks for the precedent!

  2. Phil H

    Hello Mark,

    Thanks for your comment. You are right that I could give more attention in this and previous episodes to what the (potential) non-existence of Q would do to a study of Jesus. In some other lecture and tutorial contexts (including that course — but not in the podcast now) I do give far more attention to the implications of source theories for every subsequent step and the different results that come depending on one’s theory. I’ll keep this in mind too the next time I address the historical Jesus. What you’ll find in subsequent episodes is that I often focus more on Galilean/Judean context than I do on the gospels, which sometimes keeps me out of the source theory quagmire;)

    I’m glad you found my editing of lectures something to try yourself! I had no idea what I was doing.


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