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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.

Featured News

New grant for Jesus Database project

We are grateful for a $5,000 grant from the Centre for Public and Contextual Theology at Charles Sturt University to assist with continuing work on the project. This most recent grant comes on top of an earlier $6,000 grant that has been made by the Faculty of Arts at Charles Sturt University. These two research grants have allowed us to accelerate the completion of the basic set of pages, and to contemplate further enhancements to the project.

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.

The chief investigators for the Jesus Database project are:

  • Dr Gregory C. Jenks
  • Dr Cameron Freeman

Dr Cameron Freeman has undertaken the task of completing initial publication of all 522 items. This work will begin in April 2011 and should be completed by September. The next step in the project is then to begin adding critical commentary and links to selected online materials. Dr Freeman will then be 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:
  • John Dominic Crossan - one of the international leaders in historical Jesus research, Crossan has shaped the research agenda in this area for much of the last 30 years. He has contributed his 522 item historical Jesus inventory as the basis for the Jesus Database, and will provide advice on future development of the project once all the data has been collected and published.
  • Stephen J. Patterson - Geo. H. Atkinson Professor of Religious and Ethical Studies at Willamette University, Salem, Oregon, and a leading researcher in current historical Jesus studies. He is also a member of the Board of Directors for Westar Institute and the Chair of the Steering Committee for the Jesus Seminar on Christian origins.
  • Mahlon H. Smith - Associate Professor Emeritus (Early Christianity), School of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University. He has particular expertise in the development of web-based research projects in religion having created and managed award-winning Internet sites such as Into His Own, the Jesus Seminar Forum, the Synoptic Gospels Primer and the Virtual Religion Index.
  • Mervyn Thomas Partner (Biostatistics) at Emphron Informatics Pty Ltd and will serve as a consultant for database design and web-based research collaboration.
  • James A. Veitch Senior Lecturer, Centre for Defence and Security Studies, Massey University. A long-time Fellow of the Jesus Seminar, he will serve as a consultant for translation and editorial policy as the Jesus Database project is brought to completion.

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:

  • Biblical Characters in the Three Traditions Seminar, SBL
  • Centre for Public & Contextual Theology, Charles Sturt University
  • Fellow of the Westar Institute
  • Co-Director, Bethsaida Excavations Project


FaithFutures Foundation operated as a non-profit organization in the State of Kansas from 2001 to 2013. During that period it was also registered as a 501c3 organisation with the IRS. In addition, the Foundation was further classified as a 509a1 and 170b1A(vi) public charity within the United States. The Foundation was wound up in December 2013 and is no longer operating.

FAITHFUTURES is a registered business name owned by Gregory Charles Jenks, and is registered under Australian law. ABN: 66 595 705 410

2015 Holy Land Tours

Holy Land Highlights 2015
At the request of the St Mary's Community in Exile" (SMX), Brisbane a special program has been arranged during the three weeks immediately before the Bethsaida 2015 program. While initiated at the request of the SMX community, this program is open to participants who are not members of that community.

One of the special features of this tour is that we will spend an extended time in Nazareth (7 nights), followed any another 7 nights in Jerusalem. This will allow us to settle into our accommodation and avoid living out of our suitcases day after day. It will also allow greater opportunity to engage with local people, and to become familiar with the streets and sights of both cities. The tour will focus on selected sites of cultural, historical and religious interest, but will not be a traditional pilgrimage. In particular, we will engage with critical historical and biblical scholarship, as well as addressing the challenges facing both Jewish and Palestinian communities following the unilateral declaration of the State of Israel in 1948.

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This tour will not involve an extended period on the dig at Bethsaida, although there will be an optional day when participants can work on the dig. For those interested in a program with more opportunities to work on an active archaeological dig, see the Bethsaida 2015 program below.

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 29th consecutive year in 2015. 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.

Bethsaida 2015
Wednesday, 17 June (depart Australia) to Wednesday, 8 July (arrive back in Australia)
3 nights in Nazareth - 2 weeks on the dig - 4 nights in Jerusalem
Registrations limited to 20 places, and are expected to close in Oct/Nov 2014

Jesus Database

This Week's Lectionary Notes

The weekly lectionary notes focus on the Sunday readings from the Revised Common Lectionary which is used by many congregations around the world. While the RCL readings differ from the denominational lectionaries—such as the Common Lectionary used in Roman Catholic churches or the Episcopal Church USA lectionary—there is substantial overlap with the NT readings, and especially the Gospels. These notes typically focus on the Gospel readings and they draw on the materials available from the Jesus Database project. The notes are available free of charge to anyone wishing to use them. They can be accessed from this site as required, or you may follow them each week as they are published on my blog site.

The Once and Future Bible

A "must have" resource for religious progressives, and a dedicated web site with a constantly growing set of resources for individuals and small groups.

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