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.
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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.
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 request to have them sent to your email address each week.
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 celebrated its 25th consecutive year in 2011. 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.
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.
How to change entries in this wiki siteYou are invited to contribute original material that is relevant to this project as consistent with the FaithFutures Foundation Core Values and Guiding Principles. Before editing any pages, we ask that you first register and log in. You can play around in the sandbox  to get a feel for how the editing buttons and related functions actually work. See the Wikipedia or Sourcewatch (née Disinfopedia) for other examples of collaborative information resources using the  software.