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Deconstructing Jesus

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After more than a century of New Testament scholarship, it has become clear that the Jesus of the gospels is a fictive amalgam, reflecting the hopes and beliefs of the early Christian community and revealing very little about the historical Jesus. Over the millennia since the beginning of Christianity various congregations, from fundamentalist to liberal, have tended to ...more
Hardcover, 284 pages
Published March 1st 2000 by Prometheus Books (first published February 29th 2000)
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Apr 11, 2010 Darrell rated it really liked it
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In his book, Deconstructing Jesus, Robert M. Price opens by pointing out that scholars in search of the historical Jesus often create him in their own image. Depending on what parts of the scriptural record you consider to be genuine, Jesus could have been a messianic king, a progressive Pharisee, a Galilean shaman, or a Hellenistic sage. However, if Jesus can be interpreted to be whoever you want him to be, it makes the whole question of a historical Jesus meaningless.

In order to uncover the tr
Nov 07, 2011 Clay rated it liked it
The content in this book is worth five stars; however, it is a difficult book to read at times. Price enthusiastically writes in a very scholarly prose, which adds credibility, but it also makes it a tougher nut to crack for the layperson. Having said that - if you are interested what historical evidence we have that Jesus was in fact a historical figure, if any, this is a good reference book to read and I feel like Price achieved his goals.

"Generations of Rationalists and freethinkers ha
Geoff Glenister
I found parts of this fascinating and helpful for working some things out myself. But at times it seemed like Price had made a jump and expected us to do the same, and his strategy was just to pile on tons of details until the reader gave up trying to comprehend and just decided to accept that Price was right. For example, there was a section of the book where Price examined "Sufi Q" - sayings that Sufi Muslims attributed to Jesus. Price proposed that it's possible that these sayings may ...more
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Robert McNair Price is an American theologian and writer. He teaches philosophy and religion at the Johnnie Colemon Theological Seminary, is professor of biblical criticism at the Center for Inquiry Institute, and the author of a number of books on theology and the historicity of Jesus, asserting the Christ myth theory.

A former Baptist minister, he was the editor of the Journal of Higher Criticism
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