Based on the February 2010 Greer-Heard Point-Counterpoint forum at New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary John Dominic Crossan and Ben Witherington III explore points of agreement and disagreement on the message of Jesus. A diverse set of scholars provide substantive essays for further reading on various facets of the message of Jesus. The Greer Heard Point-Counterpoint series takes pride in presenting a fair and balanced case for both sides of complex issues, and in providing the tools for students and scholars to form their own conclusions.
Robert B. Stewart is associate professor of philosophy and theology at New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary, where he holds the Greer-Heard Chair of Faith and Culture and directs the annual Greer-Heard Point-Counterpoint Forum.
Surveying the Quest of the Historical Jesus - Robert B. Stewart 1. The Message of Jesus: A Dialogue - John Dominic Crossan and Ben Witherington III 2. The Place of Jewish Scripture in Jesus' Teaching - Craig A. Evans 3. Standard and Poor: The Economic Index of the Parables - Amy-Jill Levine 4. Understanding and the Retrieval of Meaning: What Can We Know? - Stephen J. Patterson 5. How Matthew Helped Jesus Fulfill Prophecy - Robert J. Miller 6. Faith and the Historical Jesus: Does a Confessional Position and Respect for the Jesus Tradition Preclude Serious Historical Engagement? - Darrell L. Bock 7. The Historical Jesus from the Synoptics and the Fourth Gospel? Jesus the Purifier - Craig L. Blomberg 8. "The Law of Christ": Paul's Knowledge of the Jesus Tradition, Two Surprising Examples - David Wenham