Scripting Jesus: The Gospels in Rewrite

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Harper Collins, May 4, 2010 - Religion - 528 pages
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In Scripting Jesus, Michael White, famed scholar of early Christian history, reveals how the gospel stories of Jesus were never meant to be straightforward historical accounts, but rather were scripted and honed as performance pieces for four different audiences with four different theological agendas. As he did as a featured presenter in two award-winning PBS Frontline documentaries (“From Jesus to Christ” and “Apocalypse!”), White engagingly explains the significance of some lesser-known aspects of The New Testament; in this case, the development of the stories of Jesus—including how the gospel writers differed from one another on facts, points of view, and goals. Readers of Elaine Pagels, Marcus Borg, John Dominic Crossan, and Bart Ehrman will find much to ponder in Scripting Jesus.
 

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Contents

chapter
19
chapter
39
chapter four
66
Act II
83
chapter
106
chapter seven
124
chapter eight
161
Spinning Parables
188
chapter twelve
290
chapter thirteen
318
chapter fourteen
345
chapter fifteen
374
epilogue
403
Appendices
423
Notes
455
Ancient Writings Index
499

chapter
226
chapter eleven
259

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L. Michael White is Ronald Nelson Smith Chair in Classics and Christian Origins and the director of the Institute for the Study of Antiquity and Christian Origins at the University of Texas at Austin. He is the author of From Jesus to Christianity and has been featured in and co-written two award-winning PBS Frontline documentaries.

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