Jefferson and the Old Quest (9/29)

  • Pre-Quest: scholars mainly accepted gospels as truth & didn’t do historical analysis; Old Quest: scholars separated historical & theological Jesus
  • Jefferson’s Bible stripped Jesus’ teachings of miracles & other stories (virgin birth, salvation, resurrection) but kept Jesus’ moral sayings.
  • Jefferson believed that the Bible had been contaminated by authors.
  • “The Philosophy of Jesus of Nazareth” was only available in English and was arranged by topic while “The Life and Morals of Jesus of Nazareth” was in multiple languages and was in chronological order.
  • Old Quest: scholars in this period took Jesus out of 1st century Galilee and placed him into Post-Enlightenment.