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Who Wrote the Gospels? Hardcover – Illustrated, 1 Nov 1997

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  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Millenium Press,U.S.; illustrated edition edition (1 Nov. 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0965504727
  • ISBN-13: 978-0965504720
  • Product Dimensions: 23.5 x 15.8 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,228,199 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The names we associate with the Gospel writers are all second century guesses. If this comes as a surprise, welcome to the cutting edge of modern biblical scholarship. Nearly a century after the four Gospels were finished, Christians in the late second century, eager to give names to the anonymous manuscripts they possessed, selected traditional figures that they supposed should have written them, Matthew, Mark, Luke and John. According to Dr Randel Helms the gospels were written to convert or confirm their readers to Christianity, they are the highly coloured arguments of powerful authors, not just transparent windows upon the historical Jesus.


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Dr. Helms covers new ground in this excellent literary deconstruction of the Gospels. His goal is to see what we can learn of the actual authors of the Gospels, then secondarily to see what we can logically deduce from those findings. What's revealed is the human side of the fledgling Jesus movement that will certainly remain controversial. Why no one else has done this to the Gospels before is clearly a mystery. I highly recommend this book for anyone at all curious as to who the writers of the Gospels might really have been.
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Helms provides a step by step analysis of each of the NT "authors", and their reliance on Mark and the "Q" - the common source of oral traditions regarding the life and words of JC. At times Helms buldgeons his readers with his points of reference, and at times he overstates the argument, calling to service several times misstatements of Mark in particular. But the argument is compelling all the same, and should give any serious reader of Gospel texts pause regarding the extent to which these texts are actually inspired or conspired to achieve theological ends. The book slips for me when Luke is cast as the woman merely by reference to the number of times "he" brings women into the narrative. This was poor deduction for me. All the same, the book clarified many points and shifted the search for the truth of Jesus all the more difficult. Not being one to accept on faith alone the Christian inheritance, nor one to speculate from a late 20th century composition of secular truth, I must say that theologians have their work before them to move beyond "faith" alone in establishing the veracity of NT claims.
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Helms tracks down the evolution and true authorship of the Gospels with painstaking detail. Anyone who believes the traditional story of who wrote the Gospels will find their view of the Bible undergoing a dramatic gestalt shift after reading this book.
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