Scripting Jesus The Gospels in Rewrite

ISBN-10: 006122880X

ISBN-13: 9780061228803

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Authors: L. Michael White
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Description: In Scripting Jesus, famed scholar of early Christianity L. Michael White challenges us to read the gospels as they were originally intended-as performed stories of faith rather than factual histories. White demonstrates that each of the four gospel writers had a specific audience in mind and a specific theological agenda to push, and consequently wrote and rewrote their lives of Jesus accordingly-in effect, scripting Jesus to get a particular point across and to achieve the desired audience reaction.The gospel stories have shaped the beliefs of almost two and a half billion Christians. But the gospel writers were not reporters-rather, they were dramatists, and the stories they told publicly about Jesus were edited and reedited for the greatest effect. Understanding how these first-century Christians wanted to present Jesus offers us a way to make sense of the sometimes conflicting stories in the gospels.One gospel's version of events will be at odds with another. For instance, in Jesus's birth narrative, there is no mention of a stable in Matthew or Luke, but then there are no wise men in Luke and no shepherds in Matthew. Jesus has brothers in some gospel accounts, and sisters in others, and their naming is inconsistent. Depending on which gospel you are reading, the disciples shift from bumbling morons to heroes of faith. Miracles alter or disappear altogether, and whole scenes get moved around. Such changes from one gospel to the next reveal the shaping and reshaping of the basic story in the living world of the first followers of Jesus.With his usual engaging style, White helps us read the gospels with fresh eyes, giving us a clearer idea of what the gospel stories meant to people in ancient times, and offering insight for how we can understand Jesus's story today.

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Book details

List price: $16.99
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 5/3/2011
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 304
Size: 5.75" wide x 9.00" long x 1.75" tall
Weight: 1.474
Language: English

Preface
Prologue: Scripting Jesus: The Storyteller's Art
Casting Characters
Acting the Part
Messiah
Logos and Wisdom's Child
Divine Man
Savior
Crafting Scenes
Orality, Memory, and Performance
Heralding the Crucifixion
Marking the Passion
Casting Spells
Spinning Parables
Potting the Nativity
Staging Gospels
The Misunderstood Messiah
The Gospel of Mark
The Righteous Teacher of Torah
The Gospel of Matthew
The Martyred Sage
The Gospel of Luke
The Man from Heaven
The Gospels of John and Thomas
Gospels and More Gospels
Epilogue: Tales of Fancy, Acts of Faith
Appendices
The Geography of Jesus's World
Solving the Synoptic Problem
The Gospel of Peter
A �Transcript� of Q
Mapping the Narrative World of Luke
Notes
Ancient Writings Index
Subject Index
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