Historical dating for the gospels
If Sanders has a religious side, he doesn't openly show it in the book and maintains a critical and objective tone throughout its 337 pages.
At one point, though, a voice that seeks to assure Christian readers interrupts his scholarly tenor and declares that "there is good news" because Christian scribes probably only rewrote Antiquities 18.63.
If any scholar approached the documentary record with the aim of "recovering the historical Ebion," they would likely be able to extract "a few basic facts about Ebion" paralleling Sanders' "basic facts" about Jesusyet it is quite probable that Ebion never existed. New Testament scholars generally respond to questions about the historicity of Jesus with derision.
Albert Schweitzer called this endeavor a quest for the historical Jesus.