1. Ah what a mess the whole thing became. I do firmly believe that a religious bias in biblical studies blinds many to anything close to an objective discussion of the historical Jesus. For myself I have no problem with an historical Jesus but think that we can’t really get close to that person. So I stay away from that question and stick to literary questions. Sadly, as I’ve said before, Brodie’s book is very damaging for those of us associated with him. I was the last student of his to graduate before his “retirement” so literally days before the book came out hundreds of people saw him placing a robe over my head at a graduation ceremony. It’s hard to find a way forward when his name is so closely associated with all my work.

          2. I cannot imagine that sort of situation. I agree about the historical Jesus and the sticking to literary questions. That’s my goal as it were.

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