27 July 2001

ben meyer

Ben F. Meyer is a prominent mainstream New Testament scholar who has done some important and helpful work on the historical Jesus and wider issues of "critical realism" (even if I don't agree with all of his methods and conclusions). One of the things I appreciate most about his work is his (albeit dry) sense of humor.

For instance, in his now classic The Aims of Jesus (SCM Press, 1979), with regard to 19th century liberal "lives of Jesus" he writes, "Markers in a half-forgotten graveyard, its scores of books on Jesus testify to the unauthenticity of a whole tradition... Theology like this is driven out only by prayer and fasting, neither of which seems to have figured prominently among the resources of liberalism" (98-99).