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The Missing Gospels: Unearthing the Truth Behind Alternative Christianities

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Darrell Bock turns his literary guns on the new textual criticism cropping up surrounding early Christianity and it's contemporary ideological competitors. Big-name revisionist historians such as Elaine Pagels, Bart Ehrman and Marcus Borg sell thousands of copies of their books by pulling the subtle strings of doubt many uninformed Christians still have attached to their faith. Bock cuts those strings to set the reader free from theological baggage, pop Christianity and secular reporting of stories that are supposed to shake Christianity to its core.
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 the skill necessary to make the text accessible to those without familiarity of the Gnostic teachings he often refers to.

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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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IS JESUS WHO YOU THINK HE IS?

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!

Author Bio

Darrell L. Bock (PhD, University of Aberdeen) is research professor of New Testament studies at Dallas Theological Seminary. Known for his work in Luke-Acts, Dr. Bock is a Humboldt Scholar (Tubingen University in Germany), an editor-at-large for Christianity Today, and a past president of the Evangelical Theological Society (2000-2001). A New York Times bestselling author, Bock has written over thirty books, including Luke in the NIV Application Commentary series.

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