Fabricating Jesus: How Modern Scholars Distort the Gospels

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InterVarsity Press, Sep 26, 2008 - Religion - 290 pages
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Modern historical study of the Gospels seems to give us a new portrait of Jesus every spring--just in time for Easter. The more unusual the portrait, the more it departs from the traditional view of Jesus, the more attention it gets in the popular media. 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? Commenting on such recent releases as Bart Ehrman's Misquoting Jesus, James Tabor's The Jesus Dynasty, Michael Baigent's The Jesus Papers and the Gospel of Judas, for which he served as an advisory board member to the National Geographic Society, Craig Evans offers a sane approach to examining the sources for understanding the historical Jesus.
 

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User Review  - Noah_Schumacher - LibraryThing

Craig Evans does a great job clearing the fray regarding who Jesus is, was, or could be. He lines up many of the claims such as cynic, magician, Essene, etc and evaluates all of the criteria and lays ... Read full review

Very well written, easy for a layperson to read.

User Review  - HeyJude - Christianbook.com

The book is well written and is an excellent response to the "false gospels" that are out there. There is a lot of "junk" out there masquerading as truth and Craig Evans does an excellent job of ... Read full review

Contents

Preface
9
WILL THE REAL JESUS PLEASE STAND
11
Introduction
15
Old and New School Skeptics
19
The Question of Authenticity
34
The Gospel of Thomas
52
The Gospel of Peter the Egerton Gospel the Gospel of Mary and the Secret Gospel of Mark
78
The Case Against Jesus as Cynic
100
Understanding Late Antiquity
158
Christianities Lost and Otherwise
180
Jesus Between the Lines
204
Freefloating Sayings of Jesus
236
Glossary
246
Recommended Reading
272
Subject Index
278
Index of Extracanonical Ancient Sources
288

Maxims Without a Context
123
A Fresh Look at Healings and Miracles
139

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Craig A. Evans (PhD, Claremont) is an internationally known and respected New Testament scholar, apologist and author who serves as the John Bisagno Distinguished Professor of Christian Origins at Houston Baptist University. He has written extensively on the historical Jesus and the Jewish background of the New Testament era. A prolific writer, Evans has published more than seventy books and over 500 journal articles and reviews, and his books have been translated into several languages. His academic and popular books include Jesus and the Jihadis, Fabricating Jesus, From Jesus to the Church: The First Christian Generation, Jesus, The Final Days: What Really Happened (co-authored with N. T. Wright), Jesus and His Contemporaries, Matthew (in the Word Biblical Commentary) and Ancient Texts for New Testament Studies. His edited volumes include Studying the Historical Jesus, Dictionary of New Testament Background and Christian Beginnings and the Dead Sea Scrolls. Evans has lectured at several prominent universities and seminaries around the world, including Cambridge, Durham and Oxford in the United Kingdom, Princeton and Yale in the United States, and Hebrew University and Ben Gurion University in Israel. Uniquely skilled to communicate biblical scholarship through the media, Dr. Evans has reaffirmed the uniqueness and supremacy of Jesus Christ to millions of people on television, radio and in print media including Dateline NBC, National Geographic Channel, Discovery Channel, The History Channel, The BBC, New York Times, Global TV, Wall Street Journal and The Washington Post. In addition, he served as consultant for The Bible television miniseries, viewed by over 100 million Americans.

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