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A scholarly bombshell. Built on pains-taking research, without any shrillness in tone, Carlson's argument is clear and compelling. Scholars in the field of Christian Origins will have to reckon with it, and many will have to re-think some important matters about the Gospels and the historical Jesus. A wider public will find this a fascinating detective story.
--Larry W. Hurtado, Professor of New Testament Language, Literature & Theology, School of Divinity, New College, University of Edinburgh
The Gospel Hoax uncovers the clues and unmasks the perpetrator of a remarkable feat of deception. Fascinating, compelling and utterly convincing.
--Mark Goodacre, Associate Professor of New Testament, Department of Religion, Duke University.
I'm not commenting on the book itself, but on the Kindle version.
I kind of suspect a different sort of intellectual dishonesty at work here: hardcore Christianists who can't stand their core assumptions being called into question.
Carlson even reveals two puns buried in the gospel and the story of its finding that serve as Morton Smith's own confession.
This well-written and persuasive study reveals the power inherent in academia to do harm to truth. Finding the "useful Jesus," in Helen Post's memorable phrase, is an old problem... Read morePublished 20 months ago by Niccolo Donzella
Baylor University Press lists no credentials for Stephen C. Carlson. His bio simply says: Stephen C. Carlson is Partner in Ditthavong & Carlson (Fairfax, VA). Read morePublished on December 4, 2012 by Frank Lakeman
I'm not commenting on the book itself, but on the Kindle version. It has none of the images that the author refers to and presumably are including the hard copy book. Read morePublished on June 9, 2011 by L. Beverage
THE GOSPEL HOAX, for all its bluff and bluster, is really a hoax itself. The book is filled with all sorts of fantasies and fabrications unworthy of a good scholar or any half-way... Read morePublished on April 14, 2010 by Donald Smith
In "The Gospel Hoax", Steven C. Carlson tries to subject the Mar Saba Letter, allegedly discovered by Professor Morton Smith in 1958, to as close to a forensic examination as one... Read morePublished on September 20, 2009 by mirasreviews
A taut well thought through investigation of a colossal hoax. I agree with
the author's take on a culture ready to be taken in... Read more
I believe that Mr. Carlson is fortunate that Morton Smith is dead, and thus unable to defend himself (or possibly more to the point, Morton Smith, being dead, is currently unable... Read morePublished on June 27, 2008 by Sam A. Nicolosi
I read the original 2005 paperback edition, which debunks another book, the 1973 The Secret Gospel: The Discovery and Interpretation of the Secret Gospel According to Mark, which... Read morePublished on May 15, 2008 by Bonam Pak
Carlson did a bang up job on this topic and does a another superb job of expressing his opinions, still... Read morePublished on February 9, 2008 by Mark A. Smiddy