Why historians differentiate between Jesus the human and Christ the mythic being.
Historical Jesus & Christian Origins
Scholars use the term "Historical Jesus" to reconstruct aspects of the life of Jesus before he became the Christ figure of modern theology. Read articles related to the Historical Jesus and Christian Origins below.
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By studying the historical Christian origins, you can see how different theologians interpreted the Bible as they did, how their opponents countered, and ultimately, who won.
When scholars talk about the “Historical Jesus,” they are looking to separate myth from reality. Who was Jesus as a person? We have no first-hand primary sources like his diaries. All we have are documents written by believers – and sometimes, non-believers – that were written after his death. This article attempts to explain what we know – and can know – about Jesus the man.