There has always been a quest for the historical Jesus. The search for the "real," "human" or "historical" Jesus--behind the biblical interpretations of him--has taken different forms at different times and has been anything but tidy or precise. In 629 the Emperor Heraclius exhibited the "true cross" of Jesus in Jerusalem after rescuing it from the Persians, who had wrested it from Christians 15 years earlier. What moved the crowds who cheered its return to "proper" hands? Was it not a hunger for the "real" Jesus, concretely human?
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