Fabricating Jesus: How Modern Scholars Distort the Gospels  -     By: Craig A. Evans
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Fabricating Jesus: How Modern Scholars Distort the Gospels

Inter-Varsity Press / 2008 / Paperback

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Modern historical study of the Gospels seems to give us a new portrait of Jesus every spring--just in time for Easter. The more unusual the portrait, the more it departs from the traditional view of Jesus, the more attention it gets in the popular media.

Why are scholars so prone to fabricate a new Jesus? Why is the public so eager to accept such claims without question? What methods and assumptions predispose scholars to distort the record? Is there a more sober approach to finding the real Jesus?

Commenting on such recent releases as Bart Ehrman's Misquoting Jesus, James Tabor's The Jesus Dynasty, Michael Baigent's The Jesus Papers and The Gospel of Judas, forwhich he served as an advisory board member to the National Geographic Society, Craig Evans offers a sane approach to examining the sources for understanding the historical Jesus.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 290
Vendor: Inter-Varsity Press
Publication Date: 2008
Dimensions: 8.25 X 5.50 (inches)
ISBN: 0830833552
ISBN-13: 9780830833559
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Modern historical study of the Gospels seems to give us a new portrait of Jesus every spring--just in time for Easter. The more unusual the portrait, the more it departs from the traditional view of Jesus, the more attention it gets in the popular media. Why are scholars so prone to fabricate a new Jesus? Why is the public so eager to accept such claims without question? What methods and assumptions predispose scholars to distort the record? Is there a more sober approach to finding the real Jesus? Commenting on such recent releases as Bart Ehrman's Misquoting Jesus, James Tabor's The Jesus Dynasty, Michael Baigent's The Jesus Papers and the Gospel of Judas, for which he served as an advisory board member to the National Geographic Society, Craig Evans offers a sane approach to examining the sources for understanding the historical Jesus.

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Craig A. Evans (Ph.D., Claremont) is Payzant Distinguished Professor of New Testament and director of the graduate program at Acadia Divinity College in Wolfville, Nova Scotia. He has written extensively on the historical Jesus and the Jewish background of the New Testament era. His books include (1995), (in the Word Biblical Commentary, 2001), (2003) and (2005). His edited volumes include (with Bruce Chilton) (1994), (with Stanley E. Porter) (2000) and (with John Collins) (2006). He has recently served on the advisory board on the for National Geographic Society and has appeared frequently as an expert commentator on network television programs, such as and in various documentaries on the BBC, the Discovery Channel and the History Channel.

Author Bio

Craig A. Evans (Ph.D., Claremont) is Payzant Distinguished Professor of New Testament and director of the graduate program at Acadia Divinity College in Wolfville, Nova Scotia. He has written extensively on the historical Jesus and the Jewish background of the New Testament era. His books include Jesus and His Contemporaries: Comparative Studies (1995), Mark (in the Word Biblical Commentary, 2001), Jesus and the Ossuaries (2003) and Ancient Texts for New Testament Studies (2005). His edited volumes include (with Bruce Chilton) Studying the Historical Jesus: Evaluations of the State of Current Research (1994), (with Stanley E. Porter) Dictionary of New Testament Background (2000) and (with John Collins) Christian Beginnings and the Dead Sea Scrolls (2006). He has recently served on the advisory board on the Gospel of Judas for National Geographic Society and has appeared frequently as an expert commentator on network television programs, such as Dateline, and in various documentaries on the BBC, the Discovery Channel and the History Channel.

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    The book is well written and is an excellent response to the "false gospels" that are out there. There is a lot of "junk" out there masquerading as truth and Craig Evans does an excellent job of exposing falsehood.

    The last chapter, I thought, was the best. In the final chapter of his book, he explores the uniqueness of Jesus Christ and why the early church insisted that Jesus rose from the dead on the first day of the week. One cannot read the book, including the last chapter, without appreciating, anew, the uniqueness of Christianity and why Jesus Christ is like no other.

    I would recommend the book to a seminary class or even a Sunday School class that wanted to delve deeper into the truth of the Gospels.
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