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5 Stars Out Of 5
February 23, 2007
Yeah it's a really great book. One thing I thought was very interesting is the way they would include quotes by skeptics at the beginning of each chapter, which always sparked my interest. (Later, they would address them.) The authors do an excellent job of explaining most of the parts they deal with. (Very well on the documentary evidence and facts surrounding the documents. Pretty well with the claims that Jesus stories are copied.) The one area I wish would have been a touch better was about the canon and apochyphal materials. (I would really drive home the point that the apocryphal gospels are later than the canonical ones and are derived from Greek/Roman thought, not Jewish thought, which means it is highly unlikely they represent the real Jesus.)
Few could have speculated how the critics would pan the Da Vinci Code movie or anticipated that by the time this book was released the market would be glutted with good responses to the fiction-presented-as-fact in Dan Browns novel. Otherwise a different subtitle for this volume would have been chosen. This is not just another response to the issues raised in the novel and the film. It is a serious, detailed, yet eminently accessible refutation of the exaggerated skepticism of bona fide scholars like Bart Ehrman or Robert Price and of the outright misinformation in frequently-believed pseudo-scholarship circulating on the web or via little-known publishing houses.Dan Wallace is one of todays premier American evangelical textual critics, teaching New Testament at Dallas Seminary. Komoszewski and Sawyer are Dallas Th.M. and Ph.D. graduates, respectively. The former teaches Bible and theology at Northwestern College; the latter, theology and church history at Western Seminary. Together they have combined to cover several important topics touched on more briefly in some of the other responses to The Da Vinci Code, but nowhere else is this precise package of issues deal with as accurately and helpfully as it is here.The book divides into five main parts and eighteen total chapters. Part 1 contains three chapters that deal with the order and composition of the Gospels, from the period of oral tradition, where careful memorization accounted for a fair amount of the transmission of the material, to the earliest written sources to the final, completed Gospels. The next five chapters all deal with textual criticism. The third segment is entitled, Did the Early Church Muzzle the Canon? Part 4 treats the debate over whether or not belief in Jesus deity was a late doctrine in the development of the first centuries of Christianity. Reinventing Jesus is one of the best recent counterbalances to that older, perceived trend. It is a must read for anyone interested in the
Reinventing Jesus (Kregel), a joint effort by J. Ed Komoszewski, M. James Saywer, and, Daniel B. Wallace, includes summary data on how we know the Gospels got it right when it came to the life of Jesus, how we know the scribes got it right when it came to the original text, how we know the church did not rip off pagan gods and simply invent the Messiah out of whole cloth, how we know the church got it right when it came to canon, and how we know we got it right when it comes to the interpretation of the person of Christ. 30% of the book is on textual criticism. Although written for a broad audience, it is backed up with the best of scholarship (65 pages of endnotes).
Credible, understandable answers for accusations leveled against the historial Jesus and the ancient biblical text. The authors use everyday language as they explore Jesus deity and resurrection, the Gnostic gospels, and the canon of Scripture. In doing so they invite a wide audience to consider the primary evidence of Christianitys origins.