GCR 3.3 John Dominic Crossan and Jennifer Warner: Who is Jesus?

Throughout history, our ideas of Jesus have incited us to war, fear, and peace and comfort. And all of this compel us to keep asking, in different times and different places, “Who is Jesus?”

John Dominic Crossan is one of the world’s leading scholars on the life of Jesus, and we had a chance to talk to him right after he returned from the 25th Anniversary of the Jesus Seminar.

We wondered, what was Dominic thinking 25 years ago when he began the Jesus Seminar? And, what was the effect of opening these scholarly debates to the media and the public?

We also asked him about his beautiful new book, The Greatest Prayer: Rediscovering the Revolutionary Message of the Lord’s Prayer.


6 Responses to “GCR 3.3 John Dominic Crossan and Jennifer Warner: Who is Jesus?”
  1. Mike Friend says:

    Jesus is the substitute for ourselves before God's judgement. He took our sins onto Himself and suffered the wrath of God against those sins. He took our punishment and carried our sins to the grave and rose again so that we might become the righteousness of God through and in Him. There is no other way of salvation … there is no other hope… He is The Way The Truth and The Life.

  2. Janet L. Bohren says:

    Fascinating comments by John Dominic Crossan on reason for violent warlike Jesus of 2nd coming narrative.
    Carol's and Landon's comments about tension between Biblical scholars, seminaryl educated pastors and laypeople in church who have read the Bible all their life is so correct. Both are right too that many laypeople are excited to learn about the complexities of translation over the last two thousand years. I agree also that being converted to a non-violent Jesus is a challenge for us today, as Landon explained from his experiences. As Carol says. it is a beautiful sort of wrestling through all of this.
    Thanks for a very interesting show. Look forward to your coming shows…whenever they may happen. : )

  3. A wonderful conversation with a very divisive figure. Thank you for the opportunity to hear a bit more about how Crossan himself sees what he (and others, obviously) did with the Jesus Seminar. While I would still question many of the assumptions he has made about who Jesus is (and on what basis), and to a lesser extent on the ways he sees the Bible as constructed (we have a lot of overlap, and the nuance as to our differences would take serious time to draw out), it is nonetheless clear that he is trying to deal with the Bible we have been given with integrity.

    I would submit, however, that the reason people have been upset with him is not SO much due to the fact that he brought scholarly debates into the public sphere (a good thing!) nor so much due to jealousy, as he seems to think. It does, of course, connect to the fact that people's assumptions were being challenged (which he did readily acknowledge).

    I also appreciated (as I usually do) the conversation between Carol and Landon at the end. Landon's impulse to acknowledge that he might "part ways" with Crossan at certain points, but especially to want to understand why Crossan makes the claims he does, was the kind of thing I wish I heard more of. Yes, we may disagree, but we should at least strive to understand.

  4. Carol Howard Merritt says:


    Thanks for the insightful reflections.


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