Did Jesus Exist

Did Jesus Exist
Author: Bart D. Ehrman
Publsiher: Harper Collins
Total Pages: 368
Release: 2012-03-20
ISBN: 0062089943
Category: Religion
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Did Jesus Exist Book Excerpt:

In Did Jesus Exist? historian and Bible expert Bart Ehrman confronts the question, "Did Jesus exist at all?" Ehrman vigorously defends the historical Jesus, identifies the most historically reliable sources for best understanding Jesus’ mission and message, and offers a compelling portrait of the person at the heart of the Christian tradition. Known as a master explainer with deep knowledge of the field, Bart Ehrman methodically demolishes both the scholarly and popular “mythicist” arguments against the existence of Jesus. Marshaling evidence from within the Bible and the wider historical record of the ancient world, Ehrman tackles the key issues that surround the mythologies associated with Jesus and the early Christian movement. In Did Jesus Exist?: The Historical Argument for Jesus of Nazareth, Ehrman establishes the criterion for any genuine historical investigation and provides a robust defense of the methods required to discover the Jesus of history.

Bart Ehrman and the Quest of the Historical Jesus of Nazareth

Bart Ehrman and the Quest of the Historical Jesus of Nazareth
Author: Frank R. Zindler,Robert M. Price
Publsiher: Unknown
Total Pages: 567
Release: 2013
ISBN: 9781578840199
Category: Religion
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

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Jesus and the Chaos of History

Jesus and the Chaos of History
Author: James Crossley
Publsiher: Oxford University Press, USA
Total Pages: 248
Release: 2015-02-26
ISBN: 0199570582
Category: Religion
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Jesus and the Chaos of History Book Excerpt:

In Jesus and the Chaos of History, James Crossley looks at the way the earliest traditions about Jesus interacted with a context of social upheaval and the ways in which this historical chaos of the early first century led to a range of ideas which were taken up, modified, ignored, and reinterpreted in the movement that followed. Crossley examines how the earliest Palestinian tradition intersected with social upheaval and historical change and how accidental, purposeful, discontinuous, contradictory, and implicit meanings in the developments of ideas appeared in the movement that followed. He considers the ways seemingly egalitarian and countercultural ideas co-exist with ideas of dominance and power and how human reactions to socio-economic inequalities can end up mimicking dominant power. In this case, the book analyzes how a Galilean "protest" movement laid the foundations for its own brand of imperial rule. This evaluation is carried out in detailed studies on the kingdom of God and "Christology," "sinners" and purity, and gender and revolution.

40 Questions About the Historical Jesus

40 Questions About the Historical Jesus
Author: C. Marvin Pate
Publsiher: Kregel Publications
Total Pages: 408
Release: 2015-04-27
ISBN: 0825442842
Category: Religion
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

40 Questions About the Historical Jesus Book Excerpt:

Answers to critical questions regarding the study of the Jesus of history and the Christ of faith The conclusions of the quest for the historical Jesus, which casts the majority of Christ's life as a myth, are a stark contrast to the orthodox view of Christ as presented in the Bible. Pate demonstrates that a critical analysis of the gospel text along with historical and cultural methods of investigation actually point toward an orthodox view of Christ. This work argues that the canonical Gospels are the most trustworthy information we have about the gospel writers as well as the life and ministry of Jesus, including his death, visit to hades, resurrection, and ascension. Readers will be encouraged by the reliability of the Gospel writers, the reality of Jesus' humanity and deity, and the inferiority of the apocryphal gospels.

Getting at Jesus

Getting at Jesus
Author: Peter S. Williams
Publsiher: Wipf and Stock Publishers
Total Pages: 454
Release: 2019-01-29
ISBN: 1532634242
Category: Religion
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Getting at Jesus Book Excerpt:

Portraying themselves as challenging blind religious dogma with evidence-led skepticism, the neo-atheist movement claims that the New Testament contains unreliable tales about a mythical figure who, far from being the resurrected Lord of life, may not even have lived. This comprehensive critique documents the falsehood of these neo-atheist claims, correcting their historical and philosophical mistakes to show how we can get at the truth about the historical Jesus.

Jesus Evidence and Argument or Mythicist Myths

Jesus  Evidence and Argument or Mythicist Myths
Author: Maurice Casey
Publsiher: A&C Black
Total Pages: 272
Release: 2014-01-16
ISBN: 0567592243
Category: Religion
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Jesus Evidence and Argument or Mythicist Myths Book Excerpt:

Did Jesus exist? In recent years there has been a massive upsurge in public discussion of the view that Jesus did not exist. This view first found a voice in the 19th century, when Christian views were no longer taken for granted. Some way into the 20th century, this school of thought was largely thought to have been utterly refuted by the results of respectable critical scholarship (from both secular and religious scholars). Now, many unprofessional scholars and bloggers ('mythicists'), are gaining an increasingly large following for a view many think to be unsupportable. It is starting to influence the academy, more than that it is starting to influence the views of the public about a crucial historical figure. Maurice Casey, one of the most important Historical Jesus scholars of his generation takes the 'mythicists' to task in this landmark publication. Casey argues neither from a religious respective, nor from that of a committed atheist. Rather he seeks to provide a clear view of what can be said about Jesus, and of what can't.

Our Violent World and the Ethics of Jesus

Our Violent World and the Ethics of Jesus
Author: John Dudley Willis
Publsiher: Lulu.com
Total Pages: 330
Release: 2019-11-29
ISBN: 1684712289
Category: Electronic Book
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Our Violent World and the Ethics of Jesus Book Excerpt:

This book is driven by forty years of study on 1700 years of Christian violence. The historical section, Part 1, opens with, "Christianity is the most homicidal religion in the history of the world...Half a Billion men, women, children, infants, elderly, sick, and disabled slain." You read how Christians were and are taught to obey their governments more than Jesus Christ, whether killing as soldiers, torturing for governments, or harming innocent citizens as police. You read the words of Christian European Kings, Queens, and Popes to their Christian explorers sent into world, "Discover, subdue, and conquer."

The Atheist Who Didn t Exist

The Atheist Who Didn t Exist
Author: Andy Bannister
Publsiher: Monarch Books
Total Pages: 240
Release: 2015-07-17
ISBN: 0857216112
Category: Religion
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Atheist Who Didn t Exist Book Excerpt:

In the last decade, atheism has leapt from obscurity to the front pages: producing best-selling books, making movies, and plastering adverts on the side of buses. There's an energy and a confidence to contemporary atheism: many people now assume that a godless scepticism is the default position, indeed the only position for anybody wishing to appear educated, contemporary, and urbane. Atheism is hip, religion is boring. Yet when one pokes at popular atheism, many of the arguments used to prop it up quickly unravel. The Atheist Who Didn't Exist is designed to expose some of the loose threads on the cardigan of atheism, tug a little, and see what happens. Blending humour with serious thought, Andy Bannister helps the reader question everything, assume nothing and, above all, recognise lazy scepticism and bad arguments. Be an atheist by all means: but do be a thought-through one.

Is Jesus of Nazareth the Predicted Messiah

Is Jesus of Nazareth the Predicted Messiah
Author: Douglas D. Scott
Publsiher: Wipf and Stock Publishers
Total Pages: 308
Release: 2019-02-04
ISBN: 1532658532
Category: Religion
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Is Jesus of Nazareth the Predicted Messiah Book Excerpt:

Christians in general--and preachers of prophecy in particular--attribute the fulfillment of hundreds of Old Testament messianic prophecies to Jesus of Nazareth. Often these claims arise in the uncritical environment of Christian churches or popular literature that is treating messianic prophecy. People with critical thinking abilities, and those endowed with a skeptical nature, often have key questions that remain unaddressed in such environments. These thinkers and skeptics are the people that will be most interested in this work. The primary question addressed is this: "Do critically acceptable historical-evidential reasons exist for believing that Jesus Christ is the direct fulfillment of some specific Old Testament messianic texts?" Approaching this question within a framework that eliminates any possibility of staged prophetic fulfillment, and those that may occur by mere chance or collusion, produces results that must be taken seriously. Even with these strict criteria, Jesus emerges as the only viable candidate to fulfill some of the prophecies included in this study. For other prophetic texts, the evidence is not as abundant or convincing. However, even these texts yield several minimal facts that directly impinge on New Testament claims about Jesus.

Jesus in an Age of Enlightenment

Jesus in an Age of Enlightenment
Author: Jonathan C. P. Birch
Publsiher: Springer
Total Pages: 493
Release: 2019-07-18
ISBN: 1137512768
Category: History
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Jesus in an Age of Enlightenment Book Excerpt:

This book explores the religious concerns of Enlightenment thinkers from Thomas Hobbes to Thomas Jefferson. Using an innovative method, the study illuminates the intellectual history of the age through interpretations of Jesus between c.1650 and c.1826. The book demonstrates the persistence of theology in modern philosophy and the projects of social reform and amelioration associated with the Enlightenment. At the core of many of these projects was a robust moral-theological realism, sometimes manifest in a natural law ethic, but always associated with Jesus and a commitment to the sovereign goodness of God. This ethical orientation in Enlightenment discourse is found in a range of different metaphysical and political identities (dualist and monist; progressive and radical) which intersect with earlier ‘heretical’ tendencies in Christian thought (Arianism, Pelagianism, and Marcionism). This intellectual matrix helped to produce the discourses of irenic toleration which are a legacy of the Enlightenment at its best.

Deciphering the Gospels Proves Jesus Never Existed

Deciphering the Gospels  Proves Jesus Never Existed
Author: R.G. Price
Publsiher: Lulu Press, Inc
Total Pages: 135
Release: 2018-11-08
ISBN: 1483487822
Category: History
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Deciphering the Gospels Proves Jesus Never Existed Book Excerpt:

The idea that Jesus may never have actually existed has been around in modern scholarship for over a century, but it has never been sufficiently proven. Yet critical analysis shows that every account of the life of Jesus can be traced back to the writing now called the Gospel of Mark, and the Gospel of Mark was originally written as a fictional political allegory in reaction to the First Jewish–Roman War of 70 CE. In this book, author R. G. Price presents a unique analysis of the Gospels to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that the Jesus of the Gospels never existed. Looking especially at the Gospel of Mark, analysis shows that the writer of this gospel had read the letters of Paul and used Paul as the basis for his Jesus character—Jesus’s teachings are actually Paul’s teachings, not the other way around. The core of this case is proven largely through analysis of the biblical texts themselves, by demonstrating clear textual relationships that show us how the original story of Mark was written.

A Skeptic s Investigation Into Jesus

A Skeptic s Investigation Into Jesus
Author: J.P. Hannah
Publsiher: Wipf & Stock Publishers
Total Pages: 316
Release: 2020-04-27
ISBN: 1532674627
Category: Religion
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

A Skeptic s Investigation Into Jesus Book Excerpt:

Does human life have any significance? The statements below have become widely accepted in the Western world: -Life is the accidental product of random events. -The laws of physics are totally deterministic. -Science does not accept a connection between physical matter and human consciousness. -Atheism is a conclusion from evidence while faith is speculation. -Science and faith are incompatible. -Suffering contradicts the existence of a loving, omnipotent God. -Jesus was a compilation of pagan mythologies or a human teacher who was deified. But do these statements represent eternal truths? Are they logical conclusions based on established facts or merely opinions? What is the evidence? To investigate these and other questions of existence and faith, a skeptical academic objectively explored relevant aspects of philosophy, mythology, history, archaeology, cosmology, quantum physics, biochemistry, and various faiths that finally led to investigation of the Judeo-Christian Scriptures (including the Dead Sea Scrolls and the gnostic gospels). The findings of this research not only challenge many modern assumptions but also have significant implications for our understanding of reality. Written with minimum technicality for general readership, this book presents a wide range of interesting and carefully confirmed facts relevant to the above questions. Whether you are an atheist or an agnostic, a Christian, or a follower of another faith, or have simply not been interested, this investigation provides valuable and surprising insights into the nature of the universe and our place in it.

Finding Jesus Faith Fact Forgery

Finding Jesus  Faith  Fact  Forgery
Author: David Gibson,Michael McKinley
Publsiher: St. Martin's Press
Total Pages: 256
Release: 2015-02-24
ISBN: 1466877901
Category: Religion
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Finding Jesus Faith Fact Forgery Book Excerpt:

As featured in the 6-part CNN SERIES "Finding Jesus" FINDING JESUS explores six major artifacts, including the Shroud of Turin, the True Cross, and John the Baptist, that give us the most direct evidence about the life and world of Jesus. The book and attendant CNN series provide a dramatic way to retell "the greatest story ever told" while introducing a broad audience to the history, the latest controversies, and newest forensic science involved in sorting out facts from the fiction of would-be forgers and deceivers. The book and the show draw on experts from all over the world. Beyond the faithful, the book will also appeal to the skeptical and to curious readers of history and archaeology, while it takes viewers of the primetime TV series deeper into the story.

Least of the Apostles

Least of the Apostles
Author: Brendan W. Case,William Glass
Publsiher: Wipf and Stock Publishers
Total Pages: 248
Release: 2022-05-19
ISBN: 1666731331
Category: Religion
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Least of the Apostles Book Excerpt:

Least of the Apostles is a study of Paul’s relation, both in his ministry and through his epistles, to the rest of apostolic Christianity. Studies relating Paul to Judaism, the Roman empire, or Greco-Roman philosophy abound; we adopt the comparatively neglected approach of relating Paul specifically to his fellow apostles. The first three chapters explore the influence on Paul of sources from the earliest church (James and his circle, the “apostolic decree,” and proto-Synoptic traditions), while the final three explore Paul’s influence on Hebrews, Luke and John, and the Petrine Epistles. We conclude by considering the implications of these findings for New Testament theology.

We Have Found the Messiah

We Have Found the Messiah
Author: Michael Vicko Zolondek
Publsiher: Wipf and Stock Publishers
Total Pages: 174
Release: 2016-09-28
ISBN: 1498282261
Category: Religion
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

We Have Found the Messiah Book Excerpt:

Ben F. Meyer once wrote, "Radical developments generally take place not by someone's seeing something new but by his seeing everything in a new way." This book is Michael Vicko Zolondek's attempt to bring Meyer's words to fruition. For more than two hundred years, scholars have been debating whether the historical Jesus took up the role of Davidic Messiah. In this book, Zolondek addresses this long-standing question in a fresh and unique way. He challenges a generation of scholarship by arguing that the manner in which it has gone about answering the Davidic messianic question is significantly problematic when considered in the light of Jesus' cultural context and the messianism of his day. This cultural context and messianism then forms the basis for Zolondek's fresh approach to the Davidic messianic question, which he ultimately answers in the affirmative. In this book, readers will not only be exposed to more than forty years of research on the Davidic messianic question, but they will come away with a unique understanding of what it means to be a Davidic Messiah and what it would have looked like for Jesus to have taken up that role.

Jewish Scholarship on the Resurrection of Jesus

Jewish Scholarship on the Resurrection of Jesus
Author: David Mishkin
Publsiher: Wipf and Stock Publishers
Total Pages: 270
Release: 2017-09-07
ISBN: 1532601352
Category: Religion
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Jewish Scholarship on the Resurrection of Jesus Book Excerpt:

The Jewish study of Jesus has made enormous strides within the last two hundred years. Virtually every aspect of the life of Jesus and related themes have been analyzed and discussed. Jesus has been “reclaimed” as a fellow Jew by many, although what this actually means remains a matter for discussion. Ironically, the one event in the life of Jesus that has received significantly less attention is the one that the New Testament proclaims as the most important of all: his resurrection from the dead. This book is the first attempt to document Jewish views of the resurrection of Jesus in history and modern scholarship.

The Resurrection and You

The Resurrection and You
Author: Deven K. MacDonald
Publsiher: Wipf and Stock Publishers
Total Pages: 76
Release: 2022-06-07
ISBN: 1666794708
Category: Religion
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Resurrection and You Book Excerpt:

In this book, MacDonald argues that the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead is not only true, but transformative. More than a topic of debate, the resurrection offers important answers to life’s most significant questions: What happens when I die? Is there a God out there somewhere? Is God active in human history? If the resurrection isn’t true, then Christianity isn’t true. But if the resurrection of Jesus is true, then everything changes.

Talking Back to the Bible

Talking Back to the Bible
Author: Edward G. Simmons
Publsiher: Dorrance Publishing
Total Pages: 294
Release: 2016-02-25
ISBN: 1480927090
Category: Religion
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Talking Back to the Bible Book Excerpt:

Talking Back to the Bible by Dr. Edward G. Simmons In a fascinating rumination, Edward G. Simmons combines a lifetime’s experiences and biblical research in a voice that is as comfortable and welcoming as if one was seated in an easy chair in his study. With his fierce intellect and honesty, Simmons layers his philosophical lessons with personal insights and the latest discoveries of science. “The audience, I hope, will be anyone who enjoys studying the Bible and prefers seeking new and challenging insights rather than devotional rehashing of traditional messages. Pastors, scholars, students, and anyone in quest of spiritual insight through Bible study should find these conversations entertaining, challenging, and inspirational. My hopes would be met if such readers found the insights presented here did indeed promote a stronger sense of relationship with God.” Edward G. Simmons

Jesus Evidence and Argument or Mythicist Myths

Jesus  Evidence and Argument or Mythicist Myths
Author: Maurice Casey
Publsiher: A&C Black
Total Pages: 272
Release: 2014-01-16
ISBN: 056701505X
Category: Religion
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Jesus Evidence and Argument or Mythicist Myths Book Excerpt:

Did Jesus exist? In recent years there has been a massive upsurge in public discussion of the view that Jesus did not exist. This view first found a voice in the 19th century, when Christian views were no longer taken for granted. Some way into the 20th century, this school of thought was largely thought to have been utterly refuted by the results of respectable critical scholarship (from both secular and religious scholars). Now, many unprofessional scholars and bloggers ('mythicists'), are gaining an increasingly large following for a view many think to be unsupportable. It is starting to influence the academy, more than that it is starting to influence the views of the public about a crucial historical figure. Maurice Casey, one of the most important Historical Jesus scholars of his generation takes the 'mythicists' to task in this landmark publication. Casey argues neither from a religious respective, nor from that of a committed atheist. Rather he seeks to provide a clear view of what can be said about Jesus, and of what can't.

An Imaginary Trio

An Imaginary Trio
Author: Yaacov Shavit
Publsiher: Walter de Gruyter GmbH & Co KG
Total Pages: 244
Release: 2020-08-10
ISBN: 3110677261
Category: Religion
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

An Imaginary Trio Book Excerpt:

This book focuses on places and instances where Solomon’s legendary biography intersects with those of Jesus Christ and of Aristotle. Solomon is the axis around which this trio revolves, the thread that binds it together. It is based on the premise that there exists a correspondence, both overt and implied, between these three biographies, that has taken shape within a vast, multifaceted field of texts for more than two thousand years.