The Jesus Legend: A Case for the Historical Reliability of the Synoptic Jesus Tradition

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Baker Books, Aug 1, 2007 - Religion - 480 pages
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Even mature Christians have trouble defending the person and divinity of Christ. The Jesus Legend builds a convincing interdisciplinary case for the unique and plausible position of Jesus in human history. He was real and his presence on the planet has been well-documented.

The authors of the New Testament didn't plant evidence, though each writer did tell the truth from a unique perspective. This book carefully investigates the Gospel portraits of Jesus--particularly the Synoptic Gospels--assessing what is reliable history and fictional legend. The authors contend that a cumulative case for the general reliability of the Synoptic Gospels can be made and boldly challenge those who question the veracity of the Jesus found there.
  

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Review: The Jesus Legend: A Case for the Historical Reliability of the Synoptic Jesus Tradition

User Review  - Jeffrey Backlin - Goodreads

Finally found a book that actually engages with the "Jesus legend" hypothesis. It's not surprising that authors don't engage with it as it is an extremely weak position, but nevertheless it is good to ... Read full review

Review: The Jesus Legend: A Case for the Historical Reliability of the Synoptic Jesus Tradition

User Review  - John Martindale - Goodreads

In this excellent work, the authors covered so much; touching on the Jewishness of first century Palestine, whether Jesus was just one among the legends, myths and divine men. They took a look at the ... Read full review

Contents

Acknowledgments
9
Jesus History and LegendMaking
21
How Paganized Was First
29
Long Long Ago and Far FarAway? The Question of Paul
39
How Reliable Were
65
The Gospels and Ten Tests of Historical Reliability
81
Who When and Why? The Questions of Historical
91
Questions of Incidental and SelfDamaging Details
101
The Question
121
The Question of Archaeological
137
Notes
155
Index of Scripture and Ancient Writings
171
Copyright

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About the author (2007)

Paul Rhodes Eddy (PhD, Marquette University) is professor of biblical and theological studies at Bethel University in St. Paul, Minnesota.

Gregory A. Boyd (PhD, Princeton Theological Seminary) is the senior pastor at Woodland Hills Church in St. Paul, Minnesota.

Eddy and Boyd are authors or coauthors of several books, including Across the Spectrum.

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