The Missing Gospels: Unearthing the Truth Behind Alternative Christianities  -     By: Darrell L. Bock
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The Missing Gospels: Unearthing the Truth Behind Alternative Christianities

Thomas Nelson / 2007 / Paperback

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In this insightful study, Darrell Bock examines the new textual criticism surrounding early Christianity and its contemporary ideological competitors. Big-name revisionist historians such as Elaine Pagels, Bart Ehrman and Marcus Borg pull the subtle strings of doubt many uninformed Christians, and sell thousands of books.

By contrasting scripture and writings from the early church fathers with Gnostic writings, the author delineates what early Christianity looked like, what Gnosticism is, and theories of where it came from. Many Gnostic texts are illuminated by short in-text vignettes describing their content, impact and provenance, along with longer articles bringing out the true content of these often heretical writings. A thorough refutation of Walter Bauer and the 'new school of early church interpretation' answers many questions raised by these deconstructionists, and Bock does this all with masterful skill, making the text accessible to those without familiarity of the Gnostic teachings.

Darrell L. Bock, Ph.D., is Research Professor of New Testament Studies at Dallas Theological Seminary. Bock is the Professor for Spiritual Development and Culture for the Center for Christian Leadership, as well as the editor at large for Christianity Today. He also served as a past president of the Evangelical Theological Society.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 256
Vendor: Thomas Nelson
Publication Date: 2007
Dimensions: 8.38 X 5.44 (inches)
ISBN: 0785289062
ISBN-13: 9780785289067
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Perhaps you've heard the recent buzz about "alternative Christianities" and "new gospels." Speculations have shown up in magazines, documentaries, popular fiction, and even on the big screen. Much of the controversy stems from a library of ancient texts found at Nag Hammadi, Egypt. Now revolutionary questions about the Christian faith are being raised as a result of these findings:

  • Is Jesus truly a divine Savior or just a teacher of wisdom?
  • Is orthodoxy a by-product of third-century or fourth-century theologians?
  • Did Judas betray Jesus because of evil intent or a request by Jesus?
  • Does salvation include the physical body or just the soul?

Darrell L. Bock takes you on a tour of the new claims as well as the controversial writings, examining their origins and comparing them with traditional sources. With discussion questions for group or individual study at the end of each chapter, The Missing Gospels will help you understand the messages of all of these writings so you can form your own opinion. This provocative work could even change what you believe!

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Darrell L. Bock, PhD, is Research Professor of New Testament Studies at Dallas Theological Seminary. He also serves as Professor for Spiritual Development and Culture. As well as being a corresponding editor for Christianity Today and past President of the Evangelical Theological Society, Bock serves as an elder at Trinity Fellowship Church in Richardson, Texas, where he lives with his wife, Sally, and their three children.

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