Date of Award
Master of Arts in Biblical Studies (MA)
James Edward Ellis
Stephen T. Franklin
The Quest for the Historical Jesus is a hallmark of modern biblical scholarship that has, in recent decades, given birth to the so-called “Third Quest.” A prominent “Third Quest” scholar, N. T. Wright, and his work are the focus of this study. After summarizing some of the monumental works of Historical Jesus research throughout its 200+ year history (chapter 1), this thesis presents a summary of Historical Jesus research since the 1980s (chapter 2) and then enters into specific dialog with the work of Wright. Wright’s portrait of the Historical Jesus is summarized, with special attention given to Wright’s presentation of the eschatological nature of Jesus’ ministry (chapter 3). Finally, the author presents his own research into Jesus’ use of the term Gehenna, and argues that Wright has misunderstood this crucial eschatological facet of the Historical Jesus’ ministry (chapter 4).
Cole, Ian C., "The Quest for the Historical Jesus' Use of Gehenna: A Critical Appraisal of the Work of N. T. Wright and His Portrayal of the Eschatology of the Historical Jesus" (2011). M.A. in Biblical Studies Theses. 1.