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I would be interested in your opinion of ‘On Biblical Scholarship and Bias’.
I do think that we are all prone not to recognize our biases – sometimes, for instance, we will date things late, and sweepingly dismiss things as fiction, because we were once told to uncritically accept them as early factual accounts by eyewitnesses. But just because the way we used to approach things uncritically was wrong, doesn’t make it inherently critical or correct if we merely swing to the opposite end of the spectrum. As scholars like John A. T. Robinson and James Crossley demonstrate, one can view the New Testament texts as early even as a theological liberal or atheist.
And I’m starting to think that I need to revisit some widely-held assumptions about the gap that is posited between the historical Jesus and our early accounts about Jesus. I think that the gap, and the view that we cannot meaningfully say much about him, may be as much if not more so a theological buffer rather than merely a conclusion based on (purportedly impartial) historical investigation.