Anthony LeDonne and Chris Keith have launched The Jesus Blog dedicated to the research of the historical Jesus. It coincides with the forthcoming release of the book they edited titled, Jesus, Criteria, and the Demise of Authenticity. This book is based on a conference by the same name scheduled to be hosted at United Theological Seminary and the University of Dayton (OH) on October 4-5. It looks like a great conference. This is an excerpt of what to expect:
“Dale Allison will reflect on his career in Jesus research and eventual disillusionment with the traditional criteria. Loren Stuckenbruck will discuss the severe shortcomings of the criterion of Semitic Influence. Jens Schroeter will discuss the philosophical problems at the roots of the “criteria approach” (a phrase coined by Chris Keith’s recent ZNT essay). Chris Keith will point out the roots of the enterprise in form criticism (Chris will post more on this soon). Mark Goodacre will apply his expertise on the Synoptic Problem and Thomas to expose the problems related to “Multiple Attestation”. Dagmar Winter, the foremost expert on the criterion of Dissimilarity, will share her thesis concerning “plausibility” in historiographical study. Rafael Rodriguez will argue that the criterion of Embarrassment is altogether bankrupt. I (the least of these [false modesty assumed]) will offer a modest critique of the criterion of Coherence and then throw a wrench the whole works by suggesting that some of the traditional criteria might continue to be useful.”
I wish I could be there!
If you get the chance head on over to The Jesus Blog and bookmark it. I am sure it will prove to be a valuable resource!