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Jesus Christ and Mythology

3.43  ·  Rating Details  ·  138 Ratings  ·  13 Reviews
In this book the great New Testament scholar provides a strictly historical presentation of the teachings of Jesus in the setting of the thought of his own time.
Paperback, 94 pages
Published May 11th 1981 by Pearson (first published 1926)
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Justin Evans
Jun 16, 2014 Justin Evans rated it really liked it
Shelves: philosophy
A fascinating, easy to read little book (provided you care about what he's writing about). Bultmann's starting point is the fairly undeniable fact that Jesus, and early followers of Jesus, expected the world to end within their lifetimes. It didn't. What do you do about that? If you're a theologian like Bultmann, you'll accept that "the course of history has refuted mythology," but argue that there's something important underlying the mythology.

It's in his understanding of mythology that Bultma
Tylor Lovins
Apr 08, 2013 Tylor Lovins rated it it was amazing
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This book is lucid and brief, in the argument for the demythologization of the New Testament and in the exposition of the notion that exegesis is never without presupposition. Another thing Bultmann makes clear, very usefully, is that there is a difference between discussing existential realities and existentialist philosophy: the former has to do with personal encounters and the historicity of humanity while the latter has to do with the formal properties and the meaning of existence. Because B ...more
Rudolf Bultmann asks great questions concerning the contemporary import of the 2,000 year old proclamation that Jesus is Lord. What are the issues for "modern" man to proclaim, to understand and to respond to that message? How does "modern" man relate to "ancient" man without collapsing into C.S. Lewis' chronological snobbery? What is religious myth and how do we determine it from historical fact? What, why and how is de-mythologizing?

This is a quick but potent read. A book that will stay with
Joseph Sverker
Hur lurat man kan bli av tjockleken av böcker. Självklart visste jag hur inflytande den här boken har varit och hur omdiskuterad Bultmanns teori om avmytologisering är. Men jag hade inte förväntat mig att han skulle kunna få med så mycket argumentation i så litet omfång (på det sättet påminner den om Walter Winks, Jesus and non-violence). Jag antar att om man har en poäng väldigt tydlig för sig och man har varit tvungen att försvara den ett antal gånger så kan man renodla den poängen på ett såda ...more
Aug 11, 2011 Kyle rated it liked it
For a so-called "ephoch-making" work wrestling with amongst other things Jesus Christ and mythology (duh), a search for a Biblical hermenuetic, eschatalogy, and the philosophical impact of Heidegger this is a surprisingly short and simple read.

Personally, I have read much about Bultmann but had yet to read any of his works. Had I known how simple he was to read I might have started earlier as I found this book engagging and a delight to read.

Still, one must not mistake simplicity with a lack of
Erik Graff
Jan 24, 2014 Erik Graff rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Christians
Recommended to Erik by: Walter Wink
Shelves: religion
This is one of many books purchased while at Union Theological Seminary in New York City, but unread until back in Chicago years later. Bultmann, having been important both in Grinnell College's Religion Department and at UTS, was an author I'd always pick up when I'd find a new title in one of the used bookstores near Columbia University on Broadway.

This is one of the author's attempts to portray what we can say about Jesus' message with reasonable certainty after all the later encrustations ar
Aug 22, 2012 Keaton rated it it was ok
Meh. I didn't really buy most of his premises, and thus can't accept his argument or conclusions. He seems to be looking at everything from exclusively a post-enlightenment materialistic view, at the expense of the actual text he claims to be supporting. So, he's reading "the bible" instead of listening to the witness in the bible of the men who wrote it: Moses, Matthew, Mark, Luke, John, Paul, Jesus, etc....
Jun 08, 2011 Grant rated it it was ok
Overall poor argumentation. Bultmann presents some excellent ideas, but has to often distort them to fit his thesis, and often states that he has drawn a conclusion without sufficiently or clearly explaining from which premises it was drawn. Overall disappointing given the latent potential of the text.
Mar 14, 2009 Karl rated it it was ok
Very smart guy, very tightly woven argument... not persuasive to me though. He is a stepping stone in hermeneutics, nothing to end on, but something one should read and be familiar with, many good points.
Oct 15, 2010 Joey rated it liked it
Shelves: religion, non-fiction
Don't let the title fool you. The book is not meant to debunk Christianity. It just gives another method of interpretation in which anyone may extract the truths found in scripture.
Feb 08, 2009 Jennifer added it
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I can't understand why anyone would go in for this.
Chet Duke
just to say I read it
May 26, 2012 Scot rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A classic.
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Rudolf Karl Bultmann (August 20, 1884, Wiefelstede – July 30, 1976, Marburg) was a German theologian of Lutheran background, who was for three decades professor of New Testament studies at the University of Marburg. He defined an almost complete split between history and faith, called demythology, writing that only the bare fact of Christ crucified was necessary for Christian faith
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