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How Did Christianity Really Begin?: A Historical-Archaeological Approach (Truth in Religion) Paperback – November 1, 1994


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  • Series: Truth in Religion
  • Paperback: 438 pages
  • Publisher: Religion & Ethics Inst; Rev Sub edition (November 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0914384058
  • ISBN-13: 978-0914384052
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.4 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,227,387 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 13, 1999
Format: Hardcover
Although this book is no longer in print it is well worth the effort to try to locate a copy. Published in 1992 it is the result of 50 years of scholarly research by Dr. Howard Teeple who was the executive director of the Religion and Ethics Institute in Evanston, Illinois. He held a Ph.D. in the field from the University of Chicago. The .book is most impressive in its scope and objectivity, and most importantly it is written by a scholar who stands outside the tradition he is studying - in other words a non-believer. But because he is a trained historian his conclusions are based on thorough research and not simply the cynical bias displayed by secular humanists, for example, who are not trained in the field. This book covers virtually every aspect of Christian origins and I cannot recommend it highly enough. You may also wish to read his earlier works The Noah's Ark Nonsense and The Historical Approach to the Bible. Sadly, Dr. Teeple passed away in early 1997 in his mid-80's, but his masterwork How Did Christianity Really Begin? will be a beacon of valuable scholarship for many years to come.
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 10, 2000
Format: Paperback
This book is incredible! It answers questions about the New Testament that have been floating in my head for 20 years. Nearly every chapter brings a new revelation. Teeple was deeply steeped in archaeology, Biblical criticism, and history. He's not afraid to take risks where the scholarship is inconclusive, or to acknowledge possible counterarguments. I really wish I could have met the man during his lifetime.
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2 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Rob on August 21, 2006
Format: Paperback
This is just another example of Mr. Teeple's solid scholarship. The title page lists it as "A Historical-Archaeological Approach" which indeed it is. He does an excellent job of taking the reader step-by-step through his various points and gives excellent citations for his copious sources. There is nothing earth-shattering about his ideas, though many Christians will find them disturbing. Most, if not all of his conclusions have been presented before by other main-stream scholars, but he does an excellent job of presenting them in a unified, well documented manner.
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1 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 30, 2003
Format: Hardcover
the best book i've read on the subject.
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3 of 15 people found the following review helpful By GangstaLawya on October 20, 2008
Format: Hardcover
The author is not offering anything new. He merely repacks higher criticism and tries to sell it to his generation. Higher criticism relies on two sources: (1)Hume's argument against miracles; (2)denying the reliability of biblical documents (This book is principally against the reliability of the New Testament). The author repacks these arguments and tries to find the weakest link in Christian tradition, which is its Scriptures. The method employed is higher criticism. With regard to Hume's argument against miracles, I recommend "Hume's Abject Failure" by John Earman or "Miracles" by C. S. Lewis. Hume's argument states that the most absurd explanation is more probable than the miraculous explanation. If miracles are that improbable, then the miracles testified by Scripture is supposively discredited. However, Hume's argument also dispenses with all knowledge. It is a Pyrrhic victory since even the alternative explanations for the miraculous which Hume wishes to resort to become null and void as to viability. For, if uniform experience were against miracles, then you are begging the question. My uniform experience has been against seeing an elephant in America. According to Hume, the first time I see an elephant in America, I must disbelieve my perception of it since my uniform experience has been against it. That's crazy reasoning. And that is why it is circular reasoning. The second issue concerns the integrity of Scripture. I recommend John A. T. Robertson's book (a liberal theologian, by the way, so there is no right wing conspiracy here) "Redating the New Testament." Most ancient documents we have, such as Plato or Cicero, are copies that came over "500" years "after" the authors died. Yet, classical scholarship doesn't question their reliability.Read more ›
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