Jesus Database

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The Jesus Database is based around the historical Jesus inventory developed by John Dominic Crossan. This inventory draws on all currently available Jesus traditions from extant sources (whether canonical or non-canonical) prior to 300CE and organizes the resulting 522 items into four different historical strata: 30-60 CE, 60-80 CE, 80-120 CE and 120-150 CE. Each item is ranked according to its degree of attestation (multiple, triple, double, or single) and then ordered according to the earliest attestation. In addition, the inventory suggests a probably historicity rating for each item. The Jesus Database project extends Crossan¿s research by collecting and analysing the views of other leading scholars in historical Jesus studies, and further extends the research by gathering diverse materials (original language texts, poetry, sermons, photographs) relevant to individual items. Each week the principal researcher publishes a digital essay that draws on material from the Jesus Database that is relevant to the following Sunday¿s lectionary readings used in many Christian traditions (Anglican, Catholic, Lutheran, Uniting Church, etc), making the growing research data collection available to clergy and educators.This expansion of the materials has created a rigorous and comprehensive online research tool for scholars studying Second Temple Judaism, historical Jesus, and Christian origins, as well as members of the public with an interest in the areas of research. During 2011 the project received two grants to assist with its development: $6,000 Faculty of Arts Small Grant, $5,000 Centre for Public and Contextual Theology.
Original languageEnglish
PublisherFaithfutures Foundation
Media of outputOnline
Sizedigital database project/ online research tool
Publication statusPublished - 2011


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