This is truly a great interview. What is a shame here is the wall that seems to be raised over questions regarding the historical Jesus–particularly what has become defined as ‘untouchable’ and what happens wen a scholar tries to challenge that position. Thomas Thompson and others faced a similar challenge in Old Testament. Take a look at this snippet from the interview:
4R: That letter to Jesus, as it turned out, led to a hornet’s nest of professional and personal problems for you. Could you describe them briefly and comment on how they affected your career?
GL: The University of Göttingen at first attempted to
fire me, arguing that one who professed such “heretical” views was unfit to teach students preparing for the ministry. When my status as a tenured professor raised legal barriers to that, and the expressed outrage of a number of scholars—not least among them Bob Funk and many Westar Fellows—resulted in an embarrassment to the university, I was demoted from my chair in Theology of the New Testament to that of History and Literature of Early Christianity and stripped of my right to supervise dissertations.
Further, since my new chair did not carry with it an
approved curriculum, nobody would be interested in studying with me because they would not earn academic credit.
The result was that all my doctoral students (nine gifted
scholars) left me in order to look elsewhere for a suitable
Read on at the link above. H/T Antonio Lombatti.