The Jesus Legend: A Case for the Historical Reliability of the Synoptic Jesus Tradition

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Baker Academic, 2007 - Religion - 479 pages
The authors examine the claims of Jesus myth theorists in detail, but also launch an all-out assault on the assumptions of Gospel literary critics who teach that the oral tradition leading up to the formation of the Gospels was fundamentally unreliable. The book charges that these assumptions were not based on solid historical research, but rather on the biases of a small but influential groups of Eurocentric, ethnocentric academic elites who imposed modern literary models on an ancient oral culture. Using recent intercultural, interdisciplinary studies on the nature of ancient oral tradition, the authors demonstrate convincingly that, although the period of oral tradition for the Gospels was relatively short, lengthy stories were often handed down very accurately over long periods of time. These new studies in oral tradition call into question the way scholars have assessed the formation of the Gospels through out the last century.

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For every serious reader of gospel reliability!

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Great book! It is certainly one of the best of it's kind and anyone seriously interested in the topic should read it. It is fast becoming a very important work. It discusses methodological issues ... Read full review

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The Jesus Legend considers the arguments of how accurate the Synoptic Gospels (Matthew, Mark and Luke) are using primarily high-criticisim with some use of low-criticisim. It also engages arguments ... Read full review


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One among Many Legends? Do ParallelsRelativize the Jesus
Ancient Historians and the Apostle
The Silence of Paul? What IfAnything Did Paul Know
The Early Oral Jesus
Historical Remembrance or Prophetic Imagination? Memory
Index of Scripture and Ancient Writings
General Index

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Paul Rhodes Eddy (PhD, Marquette University) is professor of biblical and theological studies at Bethel University in St. Paul, Minnesota.

Gregory A. Boyd (PhD, Princeton Theological Seminary) is the senior pastor at Woodland Hills Church in St. Paul, Minnesota.

Eddy and Boyd are authors or coauthors of several books, including Across the Spectrum.

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