Jesus of the gospels is historically plausible partly because to experience (to have direct present access to) an event is already to begin interpretation; to tell of an experience is to interpret again and to hear of an event is at least a third layer of interpretation. To see, tell, and hear all require the power of the Holy Spirit to give us eyes to see, words to speak, and ears to listen; to know the historical/theological/political Jesus requires that the grace of God reshape our imagination by the power of the Spirit.

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