- Paperback: 384 pages
- Publisher: Open Court (July 7, 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0812696565
- ISBN-13: 978-0812696561
- Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 6 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,392,125 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Cutting Jesus Down to Size: What Higher Criticism Has Achieved and Where It Leaves Christianity
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EXTREME CLARITY AND CONCISENESS OF WELLS'S STYLE
Wells always includes a handy index of NT references, here 742 verses. Only in his first book, "The Jesus of the early Christians: A study in Christian origins" (1971), does Wells show both OT and NT references -- an even more useful feature.
The notes are instructive, and tightly to the point, without useless verbiage: no flights of fantasy or high-school teaching for adults. There are some mildly ironic comments about the absurdities of some claims. But Wells remains an English gentleman throughout. The overall effect is more elite learning than easy popular reading for bed or the beach.
WELLS, AT 83, IS NEARLY CAPPING 60 YEARS OF RESEARCH IN NT STUDY
Few can boast a similar encyclopedic knowledge of all the aspects of NT interpretation and exegesis of its controversial, and even bewildering, points.
Wells has always paid close attention to the most up-to-date scholarship of Christian theologians and to opposing or alternate views. And he always shows genuine delight when he finds endorsements for his own critical views from dedicated historicists or frank apologists.
He only deplores the growing tendency of eisegesis (wild speculations and out-of-control subjective interpretations), the deluge of useless literature on Jesus published every year by writers and academics who rake their brains to find some new angle. [10,000 English titles on Christianity per year!Read more ›
There is just something about how he puts it all together, how he lays it all out, that is very enjoyable to read. I find his arguments to be very convincing.
If you are "into" New Testament criticism, I highly recommend this, as well as any other of Wells' books.
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This is a good book written by a long-time scholar of the historical Jesus. I found it to be a really good summary of the problems with the historical Jesus. I've read all of G. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Book Fanatic
George. A.Wells is a crusader in the field of Higher Criticism, arguing against the traditional Church interpretation of Jesus. Read morePublished on May 18, 2010 by Chris Albert Wells
Being originally from a christian fundamentalist background I found that this book was to long winded for each point. I only read about half of it. Read morePublished on February 27, 2010 by Jason R. Bretz