Welcome to the JesusDatabase - a collaborative online resource for historical Jesus research and to explore new ways of celebrating the meaning of Jesus for people today. This project was started in March 2006 and draws on earlier work going back to 2001. The site currently consists of 1,217 articles.
PLEASE CONTRIBUTE TO THE FUNDING of this project by visiting our Support Page and making a payment. Thank you!
You may access all the pages in this project without Registration as an author/editor, but anonymous users do not have the capacity to create pages, edit existing pages or contribute to the discussion pages. You are invited to Register your own user account so that you can contribute directly to the on-going development of this project.
Please note this page is presently under construction and not all links are yet operational.
The Jesus Database has been a project supported by the FaithFutures Foundation for many years. More recently the project has moved to its own dedicated domain to reflect its ongoing significance as a project that serves both academic and general users.
In 2011 and 2012, Dr Cameron Freeman undertook the task of completing initial publication of all 522 items. The next step in the project is then to begin adding critical commentary and links to selected online materials. Dr Freeman has been using the completed database to test a new criterion of authenticity which may assist in determining the extent to which sayings attributed to Jesus may be taken as deriving from him, rather than from his followers or common cultural materials of the time. This results of this research will be reported in technical journal articles as well as a planned monograph by Dr Freeman.
An international panel of consultants has been formed to oversee the next stage in the development of the Jesus Database, and we thank these colleagues for their encouragement and support:
Further funding opportunities are also being explored, and you can make a contribution to this project via the FaithFutures Foundation Support page.
Your continued support for the project is sincerely appreciated.
Project Director: Dr Greg Jenks
Greg Jenks is Academic Dean and Lecturer in Biblical Studies at St Francis Theological College in Brisbane, Australia and an Academic Associate in School of Theology, Charles Sturt University. His particular research interests are focused on second temple Judaism and Christian origins, including historical Jesus research and Galilee in the first century of the Common Era. Current teaching areas include NT Greek, Synoptic Gospels & Acts of the Apostles, and Judaism & Early Christianity.
In addition to the Jesus Database project, Dr Jenks is involved in the following research activities:
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Bethsaida Excavations Project
The Consortium for the Bethsaida Excavations Project (CBEP) brings together faculty and students from more than a dozen universities and colleges, together with volunteers from many different countries, to work on this continuing project that will celebrated its 30th consecutive year in 2016. The project offers opportunities for graduate students to pursue research related to historical questions from the Iron Age through to Early Roman times, and a number of successful doctoral projects have already been completed on the site.
Jesus Then and Jesus Now
Looking for Jesus, Finding Ourselves
Gregory C. Jenks | Melbourne: Morning Star Publications, 2014
From the Introduction
"This collection of essays draws together some of my thoughts about Jesus of Nazareth. I hope that it will offer glimpses of Jesus then and Jesus now that are both fresh and interesting. It is not my goal to persuade you to agree with my perspective on Jesus, but I do hope that you will find that the book provokes you to think more deeply about what you know about Jesus, how you know that, and what difference it makes to the way that you choose to live your own life. Writing this book has certainly helped me to do all three.
The Once and Future Bible
An introduction to the Bible for religious progressives
Gregory C. Jenks | Eugene, OR : Wipf & Stock, 2011
A valuable resource for religious progressives, and a dedicated web site with a constantly growing set of resources for individuals and small groups.