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The Historical Figure of Jesus Chapter Summary & Analysis - Chapters 1-4 Summary

E. P. Sanders
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Chapters 1-4 Summary and Analysis

Chapter one, "Introduction," begins by asking the question, why was Jesus important? The author claims that he will not attempt to explain but rather focuses more on the relationships, history and the teachings of the Christian savior. Sanders outlines the book and the intent on discussing early theology, up to approximately 80 C.E., as well as the dogma of the contemporary Christian Church. The account of Jesus' life in the book is purely historical.

A historian must review and weigh all facts, news stories, rumors, etc. The chief characters in this book are considered to be legendary figures. Leaders such as Thomas Jefferson and Winston Churchill have historical proof of the things they said and did and of their existence. The same cannot be said about Jesus, either socially or politically. There are no surviving documents, if any had ever existed. The history...

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