David Flusser on the Historical Jesus: An Interview with Roy Blizzard

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On the occasion of what would have been Prof. David Flusser's 98th birthday (Sept. 15), we are pleased to share footage of an interview with Flusser on the historical Jesus that has recently come to light. The interview was conducted by Dr. Roy Blizzard as part of a television series entitled The Quest: In Search of the Jewish Jesus. In the interview Flusser discusses the language of Jesus, the importance of studying ancient Judaism of the Second Temple period for the understanding of Jesus' message, and Jesus' high self-awareness.

On the occasion of what would have been Prof. David Flusser’s 98th birthday (Sept. 15), we are pleased to share footage of an interview with Flusser on the historical Jesus that has recently come to light. The interview was conducted by Dr. Roy Blizzard for use in a television series entitled The Quest: In Search of the Jewish Jesus. Only a small portion of the interview made it into the final cut. Here we are pleased to share the interview in full.

In the interview Flusser discusses the language of Jesus, the importance of studying ancient Judaism of the Second Temple period for the understanding of Jesus’ message, and Jesus’ high self-awareness, among other topics.

It seems to me, especially for today, that the world is in a great danger. The purified Judaism of Jesus is one of the few hopes—probably the only hope—to live in our world.

—David Flusser

To read a transcript of the interview, click here.


The Quest: In Search of the Jewish Jesus, hosted by Dr. Roy Blizzard in thirteen episodes and including guest appearances by David Bivin, Robert Lindsey, Brad Young, Halvor Ronning and other important scholars, is about to be re-released on DVD. For more information on this series visit www.BibleScholars.org.
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  1. I just want to say thank you for posting this video and thanks to Dr Blizzard for The Quest and all who were involved. When I first watched The Quest, I hung on every word of the host and guest. I never met Dr Flusser, but some day I’ll tell him how much I appreciate his faithfulness in his pure scholarship. I’ve met Jesus because of him and his students

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    David Flusser [1917-2000]

    Professor David Flusser died and was buried in Jerusalem on Friday, September 15, 2000, his 83rd birthday. A founding member of the Jerusalem School of Synoptic Research, Flusser was one of the world's leading Jewish authorities on Early Christianity. His pioneering research on Jesus and…
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