The Jesus of History eBook

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2.  Was Jesus fond of life and Nature?  Give instances.

3.  Does intercourse with Nature make communion with God more real?

4.  “Jesus showed and taught men the beauty of humility, tenderness and charity, but not of manliness and courage.”  Is there any truth in this charge as regards (a) the portrait in the Gospels, or (b) the presentation of Jesus in the teaching of the Church?


1.  “One of Jesus’ great lessons is to get men to look for God in the common-place things of which God makes so many.”  Discuss this.

2.  Had Jesus a sense of humour?  Give instances.

3.  “The Son of Fact,”—­do you think this a true epithet?

4.  What characteristics of the mind of Jesus does this chapter emphasize as principal?  Do you agree that they are the principal ones?

(5.  What do you imagine Jesus looked like?  What do you think of the conventional figure of modern Art?)


I. To what extent was the hardness of the world during the early Roman Empire due to current conceptions of God?

2.  What was the secret of Jesus’ attractiveness, and what kinds of men and women did he attract?

3.  How do you picture the life he lived with his disciples?  E.g.  Can you reconstruct a typical day in the life of Jesus (cf. pp. 81, 82).

4.  Had he a method of teaching:  if so, what was it?  Give illustrations.


1.  How would you state to a non-Christian the three principal elements in Jesus’ teaching about the character of God?  Illustrate fully from the three Gospels.

2.  What elements in the teaching of Jesus and the relation of God to the individual would be new to a Jew who knew his Old Testament?

3.  What did Jesus teach his disciples concerning prayer?

4.  “If the friend in the house to your knowledge has the loaves, you will knock until you get them; and has not God the gifts for you that you need?  Is he short of the power to help, or is it the will to help that is wanting in God?” Do we pray in order to change the will of God?  Why did Jesus pray?


1.  “There is little suggestion in the Gospels that Art meant anything to him.”  Would you admit this?  Or has the writer too narrow a conception of the nature of Art?

2.  “The appeal that lay in the sheer misery and helplessness of masses of men was one of the foundations of the Christian Church.”  Discuss this and illustrate from the ministry of our Lord.

3.  “I have not been thinking about the community:  I have been thinking about Christ,” said a Bengali.  Do you find this sort of antithesis in the Gospels?

4.  “Jesus’ new attitude to women.”  What is it?  Was it continued in the Apostolic Church?  Did it differ from St Paul’s?  Cf.  St John 4:27.

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