12 of 32 people found the following review helpful
This is an interesting but fatally flawed book,
By A Customer
This review is from: The Jesus Mysteries: Was the "Original Jesus" a Pagan God? (Hardcover)
This book raises a number of interesting questions and collects together material known by theologians and historians for a long time. However, this is essentially as far as it goes for as soon as the authors get going with their analysis of this material they begin to rely heavily on assumption and generalisation. The idea that the original Christian community was Gnostic is ridiculous and the authors are so keen to force Jesus into the category of just another mythical resurrecting god-man that they soon leave behind the protocols of serious scholarship. For example, they date the New Testament documents extremely late, which is completely against the consensus of New Testament experts; they claim that St. Paul wrote the Letter to the Hebrews, even though the early Church said its authorship was unknown (however, the K.J.V. Bible attributes it to Paul - is this their source?); they 'conveniently' fit all the pagan resurrecting god stories into one unified account, when there are actually huge differences, and choose to ignore the huge gulf that separates the pagan and Christian stories; they fail to provide any reasonable argument as to why, given the fact that the Jesus stories were apparently fictional, they contain so much material that is contradictory or that blatantly implies it is referring to a historical figure.