28 Dec 2012 
#23 An article by Dr. Helen K. Bond vindicates my understanding of the historical Jesus.

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Dr. Helen K. Bond just published a book "The Historical Jesus: A guide for the Perplexed" (T&T Clark, 2012). Later, she wrote an article Ten Things I Learnt about Jesus by Writing a Book about Him available on the web. I read it, twice.

I sent two emails to her, saying, I quote:

"Of all the scholars I learned about, your conclusions about Jesus are the closest to mine."
"I reread your article and I am amazed at the similarity of views, often all the way to the details.
And I also spent years doing research on the subject: does that mean long and critical studies would lead to the same conclusions?"

However, just to keep the record straight, I noticed three minor differences:
a) Helen put the Crucifixion at about 29-34 CE. After study (as explained in Appendix A (27) and in Appendix B (28)) I am fairly certain on 28 CE.
b) I do not think Jesus devised parables: that was done first by "Mark" as disguised prophecies for his Christians.
c) I do not think Jesus was a true exorcist, or even believed to be one. "Mark", again, probably forced that, starting by the heckler in the synagogue of Capernaum who got intimidated to silence by Jesus.

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Cordially, Bernard

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