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What child sitting in church hasnt at one time thought Wow It must have been great to be one of the disciples To be right there when Jesus was performing those miracles and be able to hear exactly what he was saying I often wonder the same thing - What would it have been like to travel with Jesus Eileen Flynn notes that those who walked alongside Jesus knew a lot more about him I was struck by her line They witnessed his moods his relaxed laugher1 We just dont think about Jesus laughing Yet in our home is an image that depicts just that aspect of Jesus2 A priest friend gave us a print of this Laughing Jesus and my wife and I treasure it for two reasons Obviously for the gift itself but also for the image it conjures up a Jesus who found humor in life Thats a Jesus I can relate to a Jesus that relates to my humanity In recent years Ive been draw to the concept of Christology from below3 Scholars such as John Dominic Crossan present historical and archeological evidence of who Jesus might have been by outlining the type of life an itinerant preacher of the Mediterranean in those days But searching for the historic Jesus we have little beyond the Gospel texts themselves There are mentions of Jesus by historians such as Josephus but they tell us little of who he was We have no physical description and Biblical scholars disagree about exactly how much of what the Gospel writers quote Jesus as saying really came from his lips Flynn presents a biography of Jesus based on the Gospel texts but rightly cautions that the stories should not be approached from a perspective of nave literalism4 Perhaps we can best discover who Jesus is in the same way we discover who a person is today through their daily
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