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Fabricating Jesus: How Modern Scholars Distort the Gospels
Fabricating Jesus: How Modern Scholars Distort the Gospels
by Craig A. Evans
Edition: Hardcover

33 of 37 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best correction of Jesus-revisionism I've read, 20 Mar 2007
An excellent correction to much fashionable Jesus scholarship by a giant in the field. Though written for the intelligent non-expert, this book never compromises on substance. It is persuasive and worthy of careful attention. (And for those who wish to study further, there is a good deal of helpful bibliography in the very reader-friendly notes.) If you want a level-headed and erudite assessment of the Jesus Seminar and the likes of Bart Ehrman, read this book.


Jesus and His Contemporaries: Comparative Studies (Arbeiten Zur Geschichte Des Antiken Judentums Und Des Urchristentums, Bd. 25.)
Jesus and His Contemporaries: Comparative Studies (Arbeiten Zur Geschichte Des Antiken Judentums Und Des Urchristentums, Bd. 25.)
by Craig A. Evans
Edition: Paperback
Price: £53.99

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars If only there were 6 stars!, 10 Jan 2007
This work is a truly eye-opening study, looking at the First-Century religious context in Palestine as key to understanding the historical Jesus. Evans includes much analysis of the Dead Sea Scrolls, especially the newly-published materials, and considers vital Rabbinical traditions. Though it's a very scholarly work by a world expert in the area, the text is surprisingly accessible, and the intelligent non-expert will benefit from it greatly. If you're presently persuaded by Jesus Seminar scholars and the like, I recommend you balance up by reading this - because, frankly, once this quality of scholarship is encountered, the more fashionable stuff that's on offer begins to look embarrassing. I cannot recommend this highly enough.


Who Was Jesus?
Who Was Jesus?
by Tom Wright
Edition: Paperback
Price: £4.50

38 of 39 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A short masterpiece of clarity and sense., 11 Dec 2006
This review is from: Who Was Jesus? (Paperback)
I cannot praise this little book highly enough. Do not be put off by its brevity. Though short - about 100 pages - it contains more substance than many a larger volume, and though written in popular style, never compromises on the quality of content. After summarising the Jesus Quests of the past, Wright brings his discussion into the contemporary scene, brilliantly demonstrating how unlikely are the reconstructions of Jesus by the likes of A. N. Wilson, Barbara Thiering and Bishop John Shelby Spong. He ends by sketching a more plausible picture of Jesus, based on the new appreciation of Jesus' essential Jewishness. Thank you N. T. Wright, this is a gem.


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