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Jesus as a Figure in History by Mark Allan Powell 1998 Term Paper

… ¶ … Jesus as a religious icon and the central figure of one of the largest religious movements in the world is secure, but the role, meaning, and even existence of the historical Jesus is more problematic. This figure is explored by Mark Allan Powell (1998) in his book "Jesus as a Figure in History," where the author considers how historians have treated the question of the historical Jesus, facts of his life that can be verified and similar issues separate from faith. Christians accept the reality of Christ on faith, while historians look for documentary evidence that Jesus lived and that some or all of the facts offered about his life are correct. The issue cannot be simply defined even by those relying on…. [read more]

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