The Meaning of Jesus: Two Visions (HarperCollins, 1999)
by Marcus Borg and N.T. Wright

In order to get a handle on modern life-of-Jesus research, Camassia and I are reading and blogging The Meaning of Jesus: Two Visions by Marcus Borg and N.T. Wright. Both authors are believers, and both employ modern historical inquiry to learn more about Jesus, but their two visions diverge. You should know that from the outset I am more sympathetic with Wright.

Camassia and I will blog each chapter independently, then reply once to each other's remarks, then move onto the next chapter. We hope that will keep the discussion from blogging down.

For Camassia, I hope this provides a greater level of familiarity with modern life-of-Jesus research and a higher level of confidence in the historical integrity of the major events in Jesus' life. For me, it is an opportunity to re-engage the always hyperactive and entertaining world of "historical Jesus" research several years after I was introduced to it in graduate school.

Here are my posts (so far):

Chapter 1: Seeing Jesus: Sources, Lenses, and Method

Chapter 2: Knowing Jesus: Faith and History

Chapter 3: The Mission and Message of Jesus
Chapter 4: Jesus Before and after Easter: Jewish Mystic and Christian Messiah

Chapter 5: Why Was Jesus Killed?
Chapter 6: The Crux of Faith

Happy reading!