Remembering Marcus Borg, a Well-Respected and Prolific Theologian and Historical Jesus Expert

Jan 26, 2015

On this installment of ST, we listen back to a 1999 interview with Marcus Borg, a noted liberal theologian and New Testament scholar who was among the first -- from the 1980s onward -- to analyze Jesus as a historical figure. Borg, who died last week at age 72 of a lung ailment, appeared on StudioTulsa a few times over the years. This discussion marks his first appearance on our program. As was noted of Borg in his AP obituary: "A popular speaker, frequent television commentator, and the author or co-author of more than 20 books, Borg was among a group of scholars known as the Jesus Seminar that emerged in the 1980s and offered a skeptical look at the accounts of his life in the Gospels. The Jesus Seminar was founded by Robert W. Funk and included John Dominic Crossan, a frequent collaborator with Borg. Through such books as 'Jesus: A New Vision,' Borg is credited with bringing scholarly debates about Jesus to a broad readership. His work drew much criticism from more theologically conservative Christians and others, who argued his methods were unsound and his work undermined faith. But Borg wrote that he had conducted his research within the context of his 'unbelieving past' and his 'believing present' as a Christian."