Scripting Jesus The Gospels in Rewrite
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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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Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 5/3/2011
Size: 5.75" wide x 9.00" long x 1.75" tall
|Prologue: Scripting Jesus: The Storyteller's Art|
|Acting the Part|
|Logos and Wisdom's Child|
|Orality, Memory, and Performance|
|Heralding the Crucifixion|
|Marking the Passion|
|Potting the Nativity|
|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|
|The Geography of Jesus's World|
|Solving the Synoptic Problem|
|The Gospel of Peter|
|A ï¿½Transcriptï¿½ of Q|
|Mapping the Narrative World of Luke|
|Ancient Writings Index|