- 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)
The Christ-Myth Theory and Its Problems Paperback – 2 Apr 2012
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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 ...Read more ›
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.