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
A Jewish Legend of Yahweh Embodied? How Open to Pagan
91
One among Many Legends? Do ParallelsRelativize the Jesus
133
Ancient Historians and the Apostle
163
The Silence of Paul? What IfAnything Did Paul Know
201
The Early Oral Jesus
237
Historical Remembrance or Prophetic Imagination? Memory
269
Completing
407
Index of Scripture and Ancient Writings
455
General Index
465
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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