Who Wrote the New Testament? The Making of the Christian Myth

ISBN-10: 0060655186

ISBN-13: 9780060655181

Edition: N/A

Authors: Burton L. Mack

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In this groundbreaking and controversial book, Burton Mack brilliantly exposes how the Gospels are fictional mythologies created by different communities for various purposes and are only distantly related to the actual historical Jesus. Mack's innovative scholarship'which boldly challenges traditional Christian understanding'will change the way you approach the New Testament and think about how Christianity arose.
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List price: $17.99
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 8/2/1996
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 336
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.638
Language: English

Prologue: The Mystique of Sacred Scripture
Jesus and the Christ
Clashing Cultures
Teachings from the Jesus Movements (Q, Pronouncement Stories, Gospel of Thomas, Miracle Stories, the Pillars in Jerusalem)
Fragments from the Christ Cult (Christ Myth, Ritual Meal, Christ Hymn)
Christ and the Hinge of History
Paul and His Gospel (1 and 2 Thessalonians, Galatians)
Paul's Letters to Greeks and Romans (1 and 2 Corinthians, Romans, Philemon, Philippians)
Gospels of Jesus the Christ (Mark, Matthew, Luke)
Visions of the Cosmic Lord (John, Colossians, Ephesians, Hebrews, Revelation)
Letters from the Apostles (Pastoral Epistles, Catholic Epistles, James, Johannine Letters)
History and the Christian Myth
Inventing Apostolic Traditions (Acts, Didache, 1 Clement, Ignatius)
Claiming Israel's Epic (Marcion, Valentinus, Justin Martyr)
Creating the Christian Bible (Canons, Mishnah, Eusebius, Jerome)
Epilogue: The Fascination of the Bible
Appendix A: Early Christian Literature
Appendix B: The Contents of Q
Appendix C: The Pronouncement Stories in Mark
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