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  • Paperback: 427 pages
  • Publisher: American Atheist Press (2 April 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1578840171
  • ISBN-13: 978-1578840175
  • Product Dimensions: 21.3 x 14 x 2.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 784,055 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Price does the job.

He's an honest, exceptionally well-informed historian and biblical scholar whose spent decades accessing every document he can on the subject for which he has an extraordinary passion, the bible. And his passion shows: with the objectivity of a scientist - the most reliable application of honest intellect so far -, we're taken through texts and ancient cultures, scholars' works and institutional dogmas, on a journey that fuels understanding of Bronze Age times populated by people like us.
How great was the arsenal of stories they could share? By comparrison to our scores-of-pens-and-reams-of-paper-per-household, multi-media, multi-channel era of global communication, their barely literate and library-free stifled-liberty society seems, from the impression I gain reading Price, Richard Carrier and many others on kindle, to have been one that recycled familiar story components within tales of both fireside fiction and marketing of ideas as techniques or persuasion. This field of the imagination was harvested, characters remodelled, renamed, promoted or relegated according to the story tellers' objective. Is it surprising that more than one hero gave orders to the sun, for example?

Whilst I confess to finding the first long chapter a little arduous (countless biblical references), the rest of TCMTAIP has widened my perceptions of those times, religions' integrity about their narratives and the absense of evidence for the Jesus character.
For decades, I've accept "most historians accept that Jesus / Moses / Muhammad / Abraham / etc etc probably existed" as enough. But in the passed couple of years I have wanted to see the evidence that supports ".. probably ...
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This is just one of many atheistic books I've been reading since the literary efforts of Prof. Vermes started me off on a journey of discovery. It's fairly dull reading, in my view, but the book delves a lot deeper than many and suggests that not only was Jesus not the Son of God, etc. but that he is most unlikely to have existed at all. The synoptic gospels and much else besides were cobbled together long after the event using bits and pieces cut and reshaped from parts of the so-called "Old Testament". Copious examples of the technique are provided, which seem highly persuasive. There's plenty more of interest and I recommend the book to those seeking the truth about the Christian religion.
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Dr Price dazzles with his erudition and charms with his style. He is an example to those who bury their heads in New Testament and Christian origins without accounting for analogy both from the ancient world and the modern.
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" Christ-Myth theory and it's problems " is one of my three favourite books by Robert M. Price, along with " The reason driven life " & " Evolving out of Eden, christian responses to evolution "
Price points out the possibility that many of the N.T. stories are a rewrite of O.T. fictions. The gospel writers
thought that a Christ figure would do similar things to the O.T. " heroes " like Elijah so they wrote Jesus as doing similar miracles, or greater. The N.T. " history " didn't go looking for accounts from people who lived and talked to Jesus but rather raked through the Septuagint looking for " answers " to what probably happened.
Well it is more complicated than that hence the value of buying the book.
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(1.) When I checked out the suggested non-canonical sources for some of the Markan miracle stories I found that the parallels were weaker than suggested by Price. (2.) His analysis also fails to establish whether parallels between Mark and other sources indicates dependence. (3.) The story or narrative element of the Gospel is unnecessarily downplayed.
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