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[XTalk] Re: Jesus Seminar methods

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  • Robert M Schacht
    On Sat, 1 Jan 2000 14:02:17 -0500 Sukie Curtis ... the ... begin ... that if ... and ... and ... The Five ... rather than ...
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      On Sat, 1 Jan 2000 14:02:17 -0500 "Sukie Curtis" <sbcurtis@...>
      writes:
      > In response to just a bit of Bob Schacht's New Year's Eve message:
      >
      > In personal e-mail correspondence, Crossan once indicated that when
      the
      > Jesus Seminar was first getting going, he proposed to Funk that the JS
      begin
      > with discussion of methodology but that he conceded to Funk's point
      that if
      > they did so, they might still be discussing methodology in ten years
      and
      > have made no progress toward consensus on the historical Jesus. As I
      > understand it, each fellow of the Seminar followed his/her own method
      and
      > criteria in discussing and voting. And that those opening pages of
      The Five
      > Gospels reflects more of a collection of those various criteria,
      rather than
      > an agreed-upon-before-beginning method to be followed by all
      participants.
      > In which case those pages are somewhat misleading in suggesting (as
      Bob has
      > quoted) that the "rules of evidence" were "formulated and adopted . .
      . to
      > guide the assessment of gospel traditions."
      >
      >
      > Sukie Curtis
      > Cumberland Foreside, Maine

      Sukie,
      I think you're right. Your summary echoes something Mahlon Smith wrote on
      this subject some months ago.

      Bob
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