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Who is Jesus? What did he do? What did he say? -Are the traditional answer to these questions still to be trusted? - Did the early church and tradition "Christianize" Jesus? - Was Christianity built on clever conceptions of the church, or on the character and actions of an actual person? These and similar questions have come under scrutiny by a forum of biblical scholars called the Jesus Seminar. Their conclusions have been widely publicized in magazines such as Time and Newsweek. Jesus Under Fire challenges the methodology and findings of the Jesus Seminar, which generally clash with the biblical records. It examines the authenticity of the words, actions, miracles, and resurrection of Jesus, and presents compelling evidence for the traditional biblical teachings. Combining accessibility with scholarly depth, Jesus Under Fire helps readers judge for themselves whether the Jesus of the Bible is the Jesus of history, and whether the gospels' claim is valid that he is the only way to God.
Michael J. Wilkins (PhD, Fuller Theological Seminary) is dean of the faculty and professor of New Testament language and literature at Talbot School of Theology, Biola University, and the author of several books.
J.P. Moreland is one of the leading evangelical thinkers of our day. He is distinguished professor of philosophy at Talbot School of Theology and director of Eidos Christian Center. With degrees in philosophy, theology, and chemistry, Dr. Moreland has taught theology and philosophy at several schools throughout the U.S. He has authored or coauthored many books, including Philosophical Foundations for a Christian Worldview; Christianity and the Nature of Science; Scaling the Secular City; Does God Exist?; The Lost Virtue of Happiness; and Body and Soul. He is coeditor of Jesus Under Fire: Modern Scholarship Reinvents the Historical Jesus. His work appears in publications such as Christianity Today, Faith and Philosophy, Philosophia Christi, Philosophy and Phenomenological Research, and The American Philosophical Quarterly. Dr. Moreland served with Campus Crusade for ten years, planted two churches, and has spoken on over 200 college campuses and in hundreds of churches.
Philip TuttSacramento, CAAge: Over 65Gender: male5 Stars Out Of 5Worthwhile (Mostly)February 9, 2013Philip TuttSacramento, CAAge: Over 65Gender: maleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 4This book is a collection of short essays purporting to show the weaknesses in the methodology and conclusions of the "Jesus Seminar", a group of "radical" New Testament scholars who challenge the authenticity of most of the canonical Gospels' reporting on Jesus. The book also presents a defense of the more "conservative" view, that most of the Gospels' reporting on Jesus (sayings, acts, historical events) is trustworthy. Anyone who has considered the work of the Jesus Seminar is likely to find it largely self-refuting, even without the help of this (or any other) critique. So, the latter point, a defense of the more conservative view, is really the book's primary value. One essay, "Is Jesus The Only Way?", is pompous twaddle not worthy even of a monograph. It certainly should not have been included in a volume of otherwise very substantial scholarly merit. That said, the weakest essay is "Where Do We Start Studying Jesus?" The problem I have with it is that it takes supposed "checks" on the integrity of the early oral tradition, from which the authors of the canonical gospels (or at least the authors of the synoptic gospels) draw, uncritically. For example, based on a few citations from Acts, the author supposes that a Jerusalem magisterium existed, which could effectively control the development of legends concerning Jesus, many of which I suspect became foundational for the "heresies" (alternative views of Jesus) which plagued the early Church, and against which orthodoxy came to be defined. The efficacy of such a policing body would have been news to Paul, whose letters evince an underlying concern with runaway misunderstandings about Jesus and his ongoing relationship to the nascent faith. Or, for example, the author mischaracterizes rabbinical interaction as "correction", a kind of predicate for the development of this perceived magisterium. The sources, starting with the Mishnah, which preserved centuries old oral tradition, in fact show disputation and, occasionally, persuasion, but hardly "correction". That remains true through the development of the Talmud, and on down to the present day. In all, however, the book (minus the first essay cited above), is well worthwhile, and, in the main, of exemplary academic quality.
Greg Meyer5 Stars Out Of 5January 3, 2008Greg MeyerA really great book. A great rebuttal to the Jesus Seminar group that is trying to do their darndest to do an hatchet job on Christianity. Highly recommended.
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