Fabricating Jesus: How Modern Scholars Distort the Gospels

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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 Evans is well-known in academic circles for his expertise in Judaism and the history of early Christianity. In this new book he brings a refreshing mixture of scholarly erudition and critical common sense to an evaluation of the various documents that have been thought to undermine the credibility of the New Testament and demonstrates convincingly that they cannot bear the burden of proof that has been placed upon them. Such documents as the Gospels of Thomas and Peter have no significant new light to shed on the historical Jesus. At a time when much baseless fiction is being developed by novelists on the basis of such dubious sources, it is good to have this exposť of just how fictitious such writings are."

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* Craig A. Evans is widely known for contributions to study of historical Jesus

* Craig A. Evans is frequently consulted for television shows regarding historical Jesus (Dateline, National Geographic special on the Gospel of Judas)

* Suggests right use and wrong use of critical methods, including text criticism, cultural studies, Gnostic gospels

* Debunks conspiracy theories

* Offers sober perspective on recent controversial books, such as Misquoting Jesus, The Jesus Papers, The Jesus Dynasty and the Gospel of Judas

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