Daily Archives: March 1, 2009

IBR discussions on Jesus now online

Members of the Institute for Biblical Research who specialize in historical Jesus research have been meeting for the past 10 years to discuss essays written by group members. You may recognize the names of Darrell Bock, Craig Evans, Grant Osborne, Michael Wilkins, et al. During June, 2008, several members of the group met in Jerusalem. While there they were filmed at various sites discussing the relevant issues.

These scholars did not start with the assumption that the Bible is the world of God. Rather, they asked, is the Bible consistent with other documents of the first century? How would one go about to establish the historicity of Alexander the Great, Julius Caesar, or Jesus?

The Day of Discovery TV program filmed these scholars on site in Israel discussing the various issues involved. Jesus: Man, Messiah, or More? is the theme of the presentations. The first was filmed in the Synagogue in Capernaum; the second from Caesarea Philippi. From now through early April there will be a total of eight presentations. These will certainly be a fresh breath of air compared to the usual Easter fare on cable and network TV.

Enter the discussion here.

This photo shows the Banias River, one of the major sources of the Jordan River, at the site of Caesarea Philippi. It was in this region that Jesus was confessed to be the Son of the Living God by the apostle Peter (Matthew 16:13-20).

The Banias River at Caesarea Philippi. Photo by Ferrell Jenkins.

The Banias River at Caesarea Philippi. Photo by Ferrell Jenkins.

HT: Primetime Jesus