Left image: BBC Photo Library, Right image: Mosaic of Jesus from Hagia Sophia, Instanbul, Turkey/Photo by Pavle Marjanovic

ON THE COVER: Is it possible to identify the first-century man named Jesus behind the many stories and traditions about him that developed over 2,000 years in the Gospels and church teachings? In “Jesus of History vs. Jesus of Tradition,BAR interviews historical Jesus scholar Sean Freyne to get the answer to this and other controversial issues.