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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant insights from the Master of the Bibleverse,
This review is from: Jesus Is Dead (Paperback)
I would love to go to Robert Price's church. I imagine he would be like,"Hallelujah, Jesus is Dead, we have nothing to worry about, the threat of hell is gone. Praise the Lord, the Bible is not inspired, God is imaginary.If there was a good, loving God everyone would go to a happy afterlife. "
Price looks at the N.T. as funny fiction. He writes with great good American humour as can be seen in some of the section Titles
Chapter 1. Easter fictions: enter and exit the apologist
Literature, not History
2 How secure is the new testament witness
The Gospels: Whose witness?
Dead and can't blow the gaff
Character witnesses- or just characters?
What hath hierapolis to do with higher criticism?
The gospel according to John Rylands
By your words you shall be acquitted
Voyage of the Beegle
3 Can we know the Jesus of history
I see nothing, I know nothing
What would Jesus say
4 The future disguises itself as the past
The origin of the resurrection
Waiting in the wings
If you blink, you might miss it
Lengthening shadow of the cross
5 Must Jesus have risen?
Legends are nobody's fault
Versimilarly I say unto you
Seedbed of failure
6 Night of the living saviour
Resurrecting the Rationalists
Slow of heart to believe all the prohets have said
The name of the game is riding the grave-y train
7 Was Jesus John the Baptist raised from the dead?
Much learning hath driven thee mad
8 The Templars and the tomb of Jesus
9 The Talmud of the Jmmanuel
Delving with the Devil
Jesus as ventriloquist dummy
10 Jonathon Z Smith's drudgery divine
11 Gregory J Riley's Ressurection reconsidered
12 Gary R. Habermas's "The resurrection reconsidered"
13 N.T. Wright's The resurrection of the Son of God
14 A.J.M. Wedderburn's Beyond Resurrection
15 William Lane Craig's "Contemporary scholarship and the historical evidence for the resurrection of Jesus Christ"
16 James Patrick Holding's "How not to start an ancient religion"
17 Glenn Miller's "Were the gospel miracles invented by the New Testament authors
18 Christ a Fiction
This is a great book if you want your hunch that the N.T. is fiction to be affirmed. Well fiction as far as any significant points are concerned, with a few historic details thrown in. Was the story of Christ one that started as pure myth which was put into a historical setting or was there a physical person whose life story morphed into myth ? I am amazed at the detail with which Robert Price looks at the Bible. My own reading of it was so dim. You can see how the quick witted, trained mind compares each of the accounts in the N.T. to discover astounding insights. I was brought up in an orthodox clan and lived in that parallel universe, you can climb out of that land that time forgot into reality by comparing the detail of what the Bible says with know scientific, historical fact.
One of the many points Price makes is to propose the gospels and epistles as being competing doctrines. Each author was trying to get their opinion to be accepted as orthodoxy by subtly slurring the others. p15 Price notes that Mark 3v21 has Jesus family think he is insane, or 'out of his mind' as the NIV puts it. John 7v5 "For even his own brothers did not believe in him". [There seems to have been poor communication in Jesus family. How come they so quickly forgot the Christmas story, wise men and angels, or did Mary just keep it a secret? Similarly John the Baptist was supposedly Jesus cousin and yet John didn't know who the messiah would be inspite of his mother having been told]
Price makes references to many other ancient mystery religions and also compares Christianity to other more recently started religions. This is an altogether superb book even if it just helps improve your powers of interpretation.
Price also makes the case for the gospels being written in the second century.
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Jesus Is Dead by Robert M. Price (Paperback - April 2007)