London: Adam & Charles Black, 1964. Third edition. Hardcover. Third Edition. Octavo, original green boards, spine titled in gilt. 410 pp, Index at rear. Small spot to fore-edges of text, previous owner's bookplate; a near fine copy otherwise in a nice clean dust jacket, very slightly browned on the spine panel. Near Fine in Dust Jacket. Item #309951
¶ In this work, Schweitzer reviews all prior work on the question of the "historical Jesus" starting with the late 18th century. He points out how Jesus' image has changed with the times and with the personal proclivities of the various authors. He concludes with his own synopsis and interpretation of what had been learned over the course of the previous century. He takes the position that the life and thinking of Jesus must be interpreted in the light of Jesus' own convictions, which he characterizes as those of "late Jewish eschatology", and that Jesus defies any attempt at understanding him by making parallels to the ways of thinking or feeling of modern men. In Schweitzer's view, Jesus genuinely believed that his ministry would bring about the end of history and did not see any prolonged period elapsing between his time on earth and God's final judgment.