The Magazine of The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America


Blackballing Jesus?

Jesus Seminar severely challenges the Bible's account of Jesus

Many editions of the New Testament print Jesus' words in red ink to make them easy to find. A new edition of the Gospels prints his words in red, pink, gray or black--depending on whether the Jesus Seminar thinks Jesus actually said them.

The Jesus Seminar, organized in 1985, has been examining words and deeds attributed to Jesus to determine which they can accept as historically authentic. The seminar is composed of about 75 biblical scholars, including Protestants, Roman Catholics and people not identified with any religion. But the group's ideological perspective is less diverse than its ecumenical composition may suggest. Its members tend to be highly suspicious of the historical accuracy of the four Gospels' accounts of Jesus.

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