On the Historicity of Jesus

On the Historicity of Jesus
Author: Richard Carrier
Publsiher: Unknown
Total Pages: 712
Release: 2014-06-03
ISBN: 9781909697492
Category: Religion
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

On the Historicity of Jesus Book Excerpt:

The assumption that Jesus existed as a historical person has occasionally been questioned in the course of the last hundred years or so, but any doubts that have been raised have usually been put to rest in favor of imagining a blend of the historical, the mythical and the theological in the surviving records of Jesus. Carrier re-examines the whole question and finds compelling reasons to suspect the more daring assumption is correct. He lays out extensive research on the evidence for Jesus and the origins of Christianity and poses the key questions that must now be answered if the historicity of Jesus is to survive as a dominant paradigm. Carrier contrasts the most credible reconstruction of a historical Jesus with the most credible theory of Christian origins if a historical Jesus did not exist. Such a theory would posit that the Jesus figure was originally conceived of as a celestial being known only through private revelations and hidden messages in scripture; then stories placing this being in earth history were crafted to communicate the claims of the gospel allegorically; such stories eventually came to be believed or promoted in the struggle for control of the Christian churches that survived the tribulations of the first century. Carrier finds the latter theory more credible than has been previously imagined. He explains why it offers a better explanation for all the disparate evidence surviving from the first two centuries of the Christian era. He argues that we need a more careful and robust theory of cultural syncretism between Jewish theology and politics of the second-temple period and the most popular features of pagan religion and philosophy of the time. For anyone intent on defending a historical Jesus, this is the book to challenge.

Questioning the Historicity of Jesus

Questioning the Historicity of Jesus
Author: Raphael Lataster
Publsiher: BRILL
Total Pages: 508
Release: 2019-07-01
ISBN: 9004408789
Category: Religion
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Questioning the Historicity of Jesus Book Excerpt:

This volume explains the inadequacy of the sources and methods used to establish Jesus’ historicity, and how agnosticism can reasonably be upgraded to theorising about ahistoricity when reconsidering Christian origins.

The Historicity of Jesus

The Historicity of Jesus
Author: Shirley Jackson Case
Publsiher: Unknown
Total Pages: 352
Release: 1912
ISBN: 1928374650XXX
Category: Christianity
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Historicity of Jesus Book Excerpt:

The main purpose of the present volume is to set forth the evidence for believing in the historical reality of Jesus' existence upon earth. By way of approach, the characteristic features of more recent opinion regarding the historical Jesus have been surveyed, and, on the other hand, the views of those who deny his existence have been examined in detail. The negative arguments have been carefully analyzed in order accurately to comprehend the problem. - Preface.

The Witnesses to the Historicity of Jesus

The Witnesses to the Historicity of Jesus
Author: Arthur Drews
Publsiher: Literature and Knowledge Publishing
Total Pages: 135
Release: 2019-10-14
ISBN: 2366598211
Category: History
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Witnesses to the Historicity of Jesus Book Excerpt:

In view of the vagueness, effectiveness, and vulnerability of the evangelical accounts of Jesus, as far as his historical reality is concerned, the witnesses in non-Christian literature have always occupied a prominent place in the question of his historicity. As early as the first few centuries of the present era pious Christians searched the Jewish and pagan writers for references to Jesus, convinced that such references ought to be found in them; they regarded with great concern the undeniable defects of tradition, and, in the interest of their faith, endeavoured to supply the want by more or less astute “pious frauds,” such as the Acts of Pilate, the letter of Jesus to King Abgar Ukkama of Edessa, the letter of Pilate to Tiberius, and similar forgeries. Greater still was the reliance on the few passages in profane literature which seemed to afford some confirmation of the historical truth of the things described in the gospels. As these so-called non-Christian witnesses are again brought forward to rebut the denial of the historicity of Jesus, in the discussion which has followed the appearance of The Christ Myth, and are even pressed upon us as decisive testimony, we must make a comprehensive inquiry into the value of those references in profane writers which seem to support the belief in an historical Jesus.

The Historicity of Jesus

The Historicity of Jesus
Author: Shirley Jackson Case
Publsiher: Forgotten Books
Total Pages: 362
Release: 2015-06-25
ISBN: 9781330182673
Category: Religion
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Historicity of Jesus Book Excerpt:

Excerpt from The Historicity of Jesus: A Criticism of the Contention That Jesus Never Lived, a Statement of the Evidence for His Existence, an Estimate of His Relation to Christianity The main purpose of the present volume is to set forth the evidence for believing in the historical reality of Jesus' existence upon earth. By way of approach, the characteristic features of more recent opinion regarding the historical Jesus have been surveyed, and, on the other hand, the views of those who deny his existence have been examined in detail. The negative arguments have been carefully analyzed in order accurately to comprehend the problem. In presenting the evidence for Jesus' historicity, an effort has been made both to meet opponents' objections and at the same time to give a fairly complete collection of the historical data upon which belief in his existence rests. Finally, the practical bearing of the discussion has been indicated by briefly considering Jesus' personal relation to the founding of the Christian movement and his significance for modern religion. The needs of two classes of readers have been kept in mind. The general public, it is believed, will find the treatment suited to their tastes. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.com This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art technology to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.

Is This Not The Carpenter

Is This Not The Carpenter
Author: Thomas L. Thompson,Thomas S. Verenna
Publsiher: Routledge
Total Pages: 135
Release: 2017-09-19
ISBN: 1134946147
Category: History
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Is This Not The Carpenter Book Excerpt:

The historicity of Jesus is now widely accepted and hardly questioned by most scholars. But this assumption disarms biblical texts of much of their power by privileging an historical interpretation which effectively sweeps aside much theological speculation and allusion. Furthermore, the assumption of historicity gathers further assumptions to it, shaping the interpretation of texts, both denying and adding subtext. Scholars are now faced with an endless array of works on the historical Jesus and few question what has been lost through this wide-spread assumption of historicity. Is This Not the Carpenter? presents a very valuable corrective: a literary rereading of the New Testament.

Jesus from Outer Space

Jesus from Outer Space
Author: Richard Carrier
Publsiher: Pitchstone Publishing (US&CA)
Total Pages: 232
Release: 2020-10-20
ISBN: 1634312082
Category: Religion
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Jesus from Outer Space Book Excerpt:

The earliest Christians believed Jesus was an ancient celestial being who put on a bodysuit of flesh, died at the hands of dark forces, and then rose from the dead and ascended back into the heavens. But the writing we have today from that first generation of Christians never says where they thought he landed, where he lived, or where he died. The idea that Jesus toured Galilee and visited Jerusalem arose only a lifetime later, in unsourced legends written in a foreign land and language. Many sources repeat those legends, but none corroborate them. Why? What exactly was the original belief about Jesus, and how did this belief change over time? In Jesus from Outer Space, noted philosopher and historian Richard Carrier summarizes for a popular audience the scholarly research on these and related questions, revealing in turn how modern attempts to conceal, misrepresent, or avoid the actual evidence calls into question the entire field of Jesus studies--and present-day beliefs about how Christianity began.

Can We Still Believe in God

Can We Still Believe in God
Author: Craig L. Blomberg
Publsiher: Brazos Press
Total Pages: 240
Release: 2020-06-16
ISBN: 1493423592
Category: Religion
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Can We Still Believe in God Book Excerpt:

People regularly give certain reasons for not believing in God, but they are much less aware of what the New Testament actually teaches. Although challenges to Christianity are perennial and have frequently been addressed, they are noticeably more common today and are currently of particular interest among evangelicals. Skeptics of Christianity often ask highly regarded biblical scholar and popular speaker Craig Blomberg how he can believe in a faith that seems so problematic. How can God allow evil and suffering? Isn't the Bible anti-women, anti-gay, and pro-slavery? Isn't the New Testament riddled with contradictions? What about the nature of hell, violence in Scripture, and prayer and predestination? Following the author's successful Can We Still Believe the Bible?, this succinct and readable book focuses on what the New Testament teaches about 10 key reasons people give for not believing in God.

Jesus of Nazareth

Jesus of Nazareth
Author: Peter J. King
Publsiher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
Total Pages: 480
Release: 2016-05-24
ISBN: 9781533443489
Category: Electronic Book
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Jesus of Nazareth Book Excerpt:

The Christ myth theory (also known as the Jesus myth theory, Jesus mythicism or simply mythicism) is the hypothesis that Jesus of Nazareth never existed. It does appear that most scholars of antiquity agree that there was an individual named Jesus of the period. What also becomes apparent is that much of the philosophy, dogma and supernatural teachings of Christianity can be traced to much earlier religions and that the Jews of the time adopted these pre-christian cultural and religious myths as their own. They subsequently evolved into legend as often happens. The Christ myth theory takes a very adversarial approach and contradicts the mainstream view in historical Jesus research, which accepts that there are events described in the gospels that are not historical but which still assumes that the gospels are founded on a basic historical core. Many proponents of the theory use a three-fold argument first developed in the 19th century: that the New Testament has no historical value that there are no non-Christian references to Jesus Christ dating back to the first century that Christianity had pagan or mythical roots. Despite this there remains a strong consensus in historical-critical biblical scholarship that a historical Jesus did live in that area and in that time period. However, scholars differ on the historicity of specific episodes described in the Biblical accounts of Jesus, and the only two events subject to "almost universal agreement" are that Jesus was baptized by John the Baptist and was crucified by the order of the Roman Prefect Pontius Pilate. Some scholars have made the case that there are a number of plausible "Jesuses" that could have existed, that there can be no certainty as to which Jesus was the historical Jesus. Christ's given name, commonly Romanized as Yeshua, was quite common in first-century Galilee. (Jesus comes from the transliteration of Yeshua into Greek and then English.) Archaeologists have unearthed the tombs of 71 Yeshuas from the period of Jesus' death. Many of the allegories, events and proclaimed miracles attributed to Jesus were ever-present throughout history and not at all unique to Jesus of Nazareth. Some of the arguments attributed to many scholars are that: 1.The gospels were written many decades or even a century after Jesus' estimated year of death, by individuals who likely never met Jesus, and then were edited or forged over the centuries by unknown scribes with their own agendas. 2.There are no surviving historic records about Jesus of Nazareth from any non-Jewish author until the second century and Jesus left no writings or other archaeological evidence. 3.Certain gospel stories are similar to those of dying-and-rising gods, demigods (sons of gods), solar deities, saviors or other divine men such as Horus, Mithra/Mithras, Prometheus, Dionysus, Osiris, Buddha and Krishna, as well as Christ-like historical figures like Apollonius of Tyana and numerous others. In the days where people kill for their beliefs, it should be a high priority to better understand our humanity and commonality rather than accept religions which divide and take the stand that 'my belief is the one and only true belief'."

Controversies over Islamic Origins

Controversies over Islamic Origins
Author: Mun'im Sirry
Publsiher: Cambridge Scholars Publishing
Total Pages: 344
Release: 2021-06-21
ISBN: 1527571343
Category: Religion
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Controversies over Islamic Origins Book Excerpt:

What evidence do we have to reconstruct the origins of Islam? On the basis of what sources can the first century of Islam be accessed? Why do historians of early Islam consider the literary sources of Islamic origins to be so problematic? How is the problem of early Islamic history framed? This book addresses these critical questions by discussing various approaches to the problem of reconstructing Islamic origins. In a spirit of welcoming diverse perspectives and encouraging healthy scholarly debate, it explores different, even conflicting modern theories about the emergence of Islam through various case studies, including recent debates on the Qur’an, the biography of the Prophet, and early conquest narratives. A broad spectrum of both traditionalist and revisionist scholarship is critically examined with the purpose of illuminating not only how modern scholars differ, but also what they have in common.

The Resurrection of Jesus

The Resurrection of Jesus
Author: MICHAEL R LICONA
Publsiher: Inter-Varsity Press
Total Pages: 718
Release: 2020-05-21
ISBN: 1789740193
Category: Religion
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Resurrection of Jesus Book Excerpt:

The question of the historicity of Jesus' resurrection has been repeatedly probed, investigated and debated. And the results have varied widely. Perhaps some now regard this issue as the burned-over district of New Testament scholarship. Could there be any new and promising approach to this problem? Yes, answers Michael Licona. And he convincingly points us to a significant deficiency in approaching this question: our historiographical orientation and practice. So he opens this study with an extensive consideration of historiography and the particular problem of investigating claims of miracles. This alone is a valuable contribution. But then Licona carefully applies his principles and methods to the question of Jesus' resurrection. In addition to determining and working from the most reliable sources and bedrock historical evidence, Licona critically weighs other prominent hypotheses. His own argument is a challenging and closely argued case for the historicity of the resurrection of Jesus, the Christ. Any future approaches to dealing with this 'prize puzzle' of New Testament study will need to be routed through The Resurrection of Jesus.

The Historicity of Jesus

The Historicity of Jesus
Author: Ronald Charles Tanguay
Publsiher: Unknown
Total Pages: 273
Release: 1988
ISBN: 1928374650XXX
Category: Electronic Book
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Historicity of Jesus Book Excerpt:

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.

Contemporary Mission Theology

Contemporary Mission Theology
Author: Gallagher, Rogert L.,Hertig, Paul
Publsiher: Orbis Books
Total Pages: 135
Release: 2017-02-16
ISBN: 160833676X
Category: Religion
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

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Historicity of Jesus

Historicity of Jesus
Author: Art Gabot Madlaing
Publsiher: Unknown
Total Pages: 146
Release: 2020-05-05
ISBN: 1928374650XXX
Category: Electronic Book
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Historicity of Jesus Book Excerpt:

Brief Description of the HISTORICITY OF JESUS Written by a former agnostic, the book has solid facts and evidences on the historicity of Jesus, as real historical person; and the reliability of the New Testament through the following: 1. Non-Christian Writers, 2. Early Jewish Writers, 3.New Testament Writers. 4.Archaeology Verification, 5. Historical Facts of Jesus' Claims, Deeds and Miracles He Performed, 6. Manuscript Attestation 7. Resurrection of Christ and Its Implications 8. 12 Resurrection Appearances of Jesus. In this Revised 2020 Edition are GOSPEL: POWER OF GOD TO SALVATION and featured articles and columns like JOY OF SALVATION: Benefits Now and After Death, Trusting God When It Doesn't Make Sense, How to Share the Gospel to Families and the Community, Obeying the Gospel During COVID-19 Lockdown, Prayers for Strength and Victory of Manny Pacquiao.

How the Gospels Became History

How the Gospels Became History
Author: M. David Litwa
Publsiher: Yale University Press
Total Pages: 298
Release: 2019-08-06
ISBN: 0300242638
Category: Bible
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

How the Gospels Became History Book Excerpt:

A compelling comparison of the gospels and Greco-Roman mythology which shows that the gospels were not perceived as myths, but as historical records Did the early Christians believe their myths? Like most ancient--and modern--people, early Christians made efforts to present their myths in the most believable ways. In this eye-opening work, M. David Litwa explores how and why what later became the four canonical gospels take on a historical cast that remains vitally important for many Christians today. Offering an in-depth comparison with other Greco-Roman stories that have been shaped to seem like history, Litwa shows how the evangelists responded to the pressures of Greco-Roman literary culture by using well-known historiographical tropes such as the mention of famous rulers and kings, geographical notices, the introduction of eyewitnesses, vivid presentation, alternative reports, and so on. In this way, the evangelists deliberately shaped myths about Jesus into historical discourse to maximize their believability for ancient audiences.

The Jesus of History

The Jesus of History
Author: T. R. Glover
Publsiher: Kent Press
Total Pages: 230
Release: 2010-07
ISBN: 1445508184
Category: Religion
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Jesus of History Book Excerpt:

Originally published in 1917, The Jesus of History was prepared for the British Student Christian Movement. It comprises ten detailed chapters examining the life and teachings of Jesus Christ. Thoroughly recommended for inclusion on the bookshelf of any Christian theologian or historian, it also contains a wealth of information and anecdote that is still useful and relevant today. Contents Include: The study of the gospels; Childhood and youth; The man and his mind; The teacher and the disciples; The teaching of Jesus upon God; Jesus and man; Jesus teaching upon sin; The choice of the cross; The Christian church in the Roman Empire; Jesus in Christian thought. Many of the earliest books, particularly those dating back to the 1900s and before, are now extremely scarce and increasingly expensive. We are republishing these classic works in affordable, high quality, modern editions, using the original text and artwork.

Jesus in the History of the World

Jesus in the History of the World
Author: Ernest Renan,Arthur Drews
Publsiher: Editions Le Mono
Total Pages: 158
Release: 2016-03-07
ISBN: 2366591373
Category: Religion
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Jesus in the History of the World Book Excerpt:

The great event of the history of the world is the revolution by which the noblest portions of humanity have passed from the ancient religions, comprised under the vague name of Paganism, to a religion founded on Jesus Christ. But many people have a doubt about the existence of Jesus or ignore how Jesus life still influences the world. This book gathered works analyzing the Place of Jesus in the history of the world; the Witnesses to the Historicity of Jesus; and the Essential character of the work of Jesus.

Jesus in Asia

Jesus in Asia
Author: R. S. Sugirtharajah
Publsiher: Harvard University Press
Total Pages: 320
Release: 2018-02-19
ISBN: 0674919637
Category: Religion
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Jesus in Asia Book Excerpt:

Reconstructions of Jesus occurred in Asia long before the Western search for the historical Jesus began in earnest. This enterprise sprang up in seventh-century China and seventeenth-century India, encouraged by the patronage and openness of the Chinese and Indian imperial courts. While the Western quest was largely a Protestant preoccupation, in Asia the search was marked by its diversity: participants included Hindus, Jains, Muslims, Catholics, and members of the Church of the East. During the age of European colonialism, Jesus was first seen by many Asians as a tribal god of the farangis, or white Europeans. But as his story circulated, Asians remade Jesus, at times appreciatively and at other times critically. R. S. Sugirtharajah demonstrates how Buddhist and Taoist thought, combined with Christian insights, led to the creation of the Chinese Jesus Sutras of late antiquity, and explains the importance of a biography of Jesus composed in the sixteenth-century court of the Mughal emperor Akbar. He also brings to the fore the reconstructions of Jesus during the Chinese Taiping revolution, the Korean Minjung uprising, and the Indian and Sri Lankan anti-colonial movements. In Jesus in Asia, Sugirtharajah situates the historical Jesus beyond the narrow confines of the West and offers an eye-opening new chapter in the story of global Christianity.

The Historical Jesus

The Historical Jesus
Author: John M. Robertson
Publsiher: BoD – Books on Demand
Total Pages: 184
Release: 2018-05-15
ISBN: 3732672271
Category: Fiction
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Historical Jesus Book Excerpt:

Reproduction of the original: The Historical Jesus by John M. Robertson