Michael Jost wrote:
>What I find in traditionalist writers appears to be the need to reinforce the status quo than to break new ground.
I agree, but on reflection, what else can you do? You either "reinforce the status quo" or you take a different path. What I like to see is scholars who hold traditional views yet are "breaking new ground" in the sense of being up-to-date with new research and findings and in dialogue with other scholars who hold different views (again see Witherington, Wright etc.). These writers hold traditional views yet are adamant about (to cite one example) viewing Jesus in the Judaistic context in which he lived and ministered.
> Since I seem consitutionally unable to represent Witherington, Wright, Craig, Johnson etc., perhaps Pat could
chime in more on these exchanges.
I would hardly consider myself worthy of "representing" these scholars, but I can heartily recommend their work for you to consider. I would submit that anybody interested in the area of HJ should read scholars on both sides of the "debate". I think Marcus Borg and Tom Wright (being friends as well as opponents in debates) are a great example of the mutual respect and humility that we should all aspire to demonstrate.
Let me know what you think of their work if you decide to pursue it.
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