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Life-of-Jesus Research
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[German Version]

Life-of-Jesus Research, in the sense of the historical investigation of the words and history of Jesus (Jesus Christ: I, 1) and of related theologies, began in the second half of the 18th century in the context of the beginnings of historical biblical criticism. Contradictions in the Gospel accounts (Synoptic Question) raised the question of the difference between the biblical accounts and what actually happened. The orientalist H.S. Reimarus expanded the biblical criticism of the English Deists (Deism) and in his Fragments, edited posthumously by G.E. Lessing in …

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Schröder, Markus, “Life-of-Jesus Research”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 20 January 2022 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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