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The Making of the Messiah

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"This book presents a picture of the origins of Christianity very different from anything that has been published before," writes Robert Sheaffer in the Introduction to The Making of the Messiah. "Many Christians will find this book as offensive as Moslem fanatics did Salman Rushdie's 'blasphemous' Satanic Verses." Sheaffer has provided fascinating reading for all those no ...more
Hardcover, 192 pages
Published November 1st 1991 by Prometheus Books
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Strikes at the root ideas and claims of Christianity with surprisingly well-aimed blows. It is difficult to imagine a satisfying account of the origins of Christian belief without a close examination of the evidence offered in this work.
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A neat and thorough analysis of the basis of Christianity. The author presents some good points/arguments about the concept of a messiah. It was an interesting read.
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