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

Front Cover
Baker Books, Aug 1, 2007 - Religion - 480 pages
3 Reviews
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.

What people are saying - Write a review

For every serious reader of gospel reliability!

User Review  - Danjoe -

Great book! It is certainly one of the best of it's kind and anyone seriously interested in the topic should read it. It is fast becoming a very important work. It discusses methodological issues ... Read full review

LibraryThing Review

User Review  - aevaughn - LibraryThing

The Jesus Legend considers the arguments of how accurate the Synoptic Gospels (Matthew, Mark and Luke) are using primarily high-criticisim with some use of low-criticisim. It also engages arguments ... Read full review


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

Other editions - View all

Common terms and phrases

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.

Bibliographic information