Fabricating Jesus How Modern Scholars Distort the Gospels

ISBN-10: 0830833552
ISBN-13: 9780830833559
Edition: 2006
Authors: Craig A. Evans
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Description: Why are scholars so prone to fabricate a new Jesus? Why is the public so eager to accept such claims without question? What methods and assumptions predispose scholars to distort the record? Is there a more sober approach to finding the real Jesus?  More...

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List price: $22.00
Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: InterVarsity Press
Publication date: 10/26/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 290
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.100

Why are scholars so prone to fabricate a new Jesus? Why is the public so eager to accept such claims without question? What methods and assumptions predispose scholars to distort the record? Is there a more sober approach to finding the real Jesus? Craig Evans offers a sane approach to examining the sources for understanding the historical Jesus.

Craig A. Evans (Ph.D., Claremont) is Payzant Distinguished Professor of New Testament and director of the graduate program at Acadia Divinity College in Wolfville, Nova Scotia. He has written extensively on the historical Jesus and the Jewish background of the New Testament era. His books include Jesus and His Contemporaries: Comparative Studies (1995), Mark (in the Word Biblical Commentary, 2001), Jesus and the Ossuaries (2003) and Ancient Texts for New Testament Studies (2005). His edited volumes include (with Bruce Chilton) Studying the Historical Jesus: Evaluations of the State of Current Research (1994), (with Stanley E. Porter) Dictionary of New Testament Background (2000) and (with John Collins) Christian Beginnings and the Dead Sea Scrolls (2006). He has recently served on the advisory board on the Gospel of Judas for National Geographic Society and has appeared frequently as an expert commentator on network television programs, such as Dateline, and in various documentaries on the BBC, the Discovery Channel and the History Channel.

Preface
Introduction
Misplaced Faith and Misguided Suspicion: Old and New School Skeptics
Cramped Starting Points and Overly Strict Critical Methods: The Question of Authenticity
Questionable Texts-Part I: The Gospel of Thomas
Questionable Texts-Part II: The Gospel of Peter, the Egerton Gospel, the Gospel of Mary and the Secret Gospel of Mark
Alien Contexts: The Case Against Jesus as Cynic
Skeletal Sayings: Maxims Without a Context
Diminished Deeds: A Fresh Look at Healings and Miracles
Dubious Uses of Josephus: Understanding Late Antiquity
Anachronisms and Exaggerated Claims: Christianities Lost and Otherwise
Hokum History and Bogus Findings: Jesus Between the Lines
Will the Real Jesus Please Stand Up? Unfabricating His Aims and Claims
Agrapha: Free-floating Sayings of Jesus
What Should We Think About the Gospel of Judas?
Glossary
Abbreviations
Notes
Recommended Reading
Author Index
Subject Index
Scripture Index
Index of Extracanonical Ancient Sources

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