My guest today is Robert Earle, writer. Robert was a member of the U.S. Foreign Service for twenty-five years. He is the author of The Way Home, a novel, Nights in the Pink Motel, a memoir of a year in war-torn Iraq, and dozens of short stories that have appeared in magazines across the U.S. and Canada. He received a classical education as a boy, studying Latin and Greek and attending chapel six days a week. The Man Clothed in Linen is dedicated to the teachers who introduced him to the classical and Biblical world at The Hill School. He also holds degrees from Princeton University and Johns Hopkins University.
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Historian Behind The Man Clothed in Linen by Robert Earle
Some many years ago I fell into a reverie about
the man sometimes referred to as “the historical Jesus.” As a cultural Christian though not a
religious Christian, I found the topic fascinating. A few writers, Paula Fredriksen, John Dominic
Crossen and Harold Bloom, to name three, excelled in describing the various
phases, challenges, and circumstances that may have characterized Jesus’ life.
Even though we know little about Jesus, there
isn’t much doubt he existed. One of the key bits of evidence is found in the
histories of Flavius Josephus, just a reference, not much.
And then there are the Gospels and the other
texts of the New Testament, each curiously distinctive and yet (perhaps with
the exception of the very Hellenistic Gospel according to John) sharing
commonalities not only in the narrative sense but in the sense of Jesus’
mission and purposes on earth.