Who Chose the Gospels?: Probing the Great Gospel Conspiracy

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Oxford University Press, Sep 30, 2010 - Religion - 308 pages
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The Bible contains four Gospels which tell the story of Jesus of Nazareth. And yet, many more Gospels once existed. Who, then, determined which Gospels would, for the next two thousand years, serve as the main gateways to Jesus and his teaching? Recent books and films have traced the decision to a series of fourth-century councils and powerful bishops. After achieving victory over their rivals for the Christian name, these key players, we are now told, conspired to 'rewrite history' to make it look like their version of Christianity was the original one preached by Jesus and his apostles: the Gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John became the prime tools for their re-sculpting of the Christian story, leading to the destruction of previously treasured writings like the Gospels of Judas, Mary, and Thomas. Are the four canonical Gospels, then, in the Bible as the result of a great, ecclesiastical conspiracy? Or does this explanation itself represent another 'rewriting of history', this time by a group of modern academics? Who Chose the Gospels? takes us to the scholarship behind the headlines, examining the great (and ongoing) controversy about how to look at ancient books about Jesus. How the four Biblical Gospels emerged into prominence among their competitors is a crucial question for everyone interested in understanding the historical Jesus and the development of the Christian church.
  

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Review: Who Chose the Gospels?: Probing the Great Gospel Conspiracy

User Review  - John - Goodreads

Hill provides a solid set of arguments for the historicity and canonicity of the four Gospels. He sometimes leans a little too much on conjecture as he brings the book to a conclusion. Nevertheless ... Read full review

Review: Who Chose the Gospels?: Probing the Great Gospel Conspiracy

User Review  - dave kakish - Goodreads

If the topic suits your interest, I find that Hill's work is concisely thorough while maintaining a modicum of enjoyability. Read full review

Contents

LIST OF ILLUSTRATIONS
LIST OF TABLES
ABBREVIATIONS
DROWNING IN A SEA OF GOSPELS
1THE PROOF IS IN THE PAPYRI? GOSPEL BESTSELLERS FROM EGYPTIAN GARBAGE DUMPS
THE LONELY IRENAEUS
THE UGLY IRENAEUS
A TEACHER A PREACHER AND A CANONLIST MAKER
THE GOSPELS AS PUBLIC DOCUMENTS
TWO FORGERS AND AN APOLOGIST
THE APOSTOLIC FATHERS
A BISHOP AN ELDER AND AN ELDERLY APOSTLE
11WHO CHOSE THE GOSPELS?
DATES OF THE EARLIEST MANUSCRIPTS OF THE CANONICAL GOSPELS
GLOSSARY
ENDNOTES

OF HARMONIES SYNOPSES AND CODICES
JUSTIN MARTYR AND THE APOSTLES MEMOIRS

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