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In his introduction, Price defines and defends higher criticism of the Bible, a tool he uses to reconcile history with Scripture. Next, Price presents the sources the Gospel writers used to compose their works, as well as the territory already charted by biblical scholarship. Price's investigation follows a traditional life-of-Jesus outline, starting with Jesus' birth--why is it celebrated on December 25? Was it really a virgin birth?
In chapter 4, Price analyzes Baptist and other Christian beliefs about Jesus and John the Baptist, proposing that the latter's role may not be historical. Price wrestles with the controversial question of miracles, setting the groundwork for judging the authenticity of these stories. Many miracle accounts, Price shows, have parallels in other Jewish and Hellenistic traditions, and each miracle story has a particular structure, which fits a general pattern. Does this mean that historians cannot judge any miracle stories as occurring historically?
After scrutinizing stories of Jesus as a man of the people, Price delves into the descriptions of the twelve disciples, analyzing each one, especially Simon Peter. In this thorough examination, Price draws parallels with other religious traditions. The next two chapters take this comparison a step further in a brief review of Buddhism. Finally, Price surveys the details of the accounts of Jesus' crucifixion and resurrection, concluding that similarities in Christian and other religious traditions must mean a common origin--one with no room for a historical Jesus.
THE INCREDIBLE SHRINKING SON OF MAN belongs in the tradition of David Friedrich Strauss and Rudolf Bultmann, scrutinizing the Gospels concisely and in astonishing detail. Price takes a consistent, thorough-going critical look at the gospel tradition, discarding faith's mandates and delivering good reasons for every skeptical judgment of the Gospels' historical accuracy in depicting Jesus.
A prequel to Price's DECONSTRUCTING JESUS, THE INCREDIBLE SHRINKING SON OF MAN explains advanced scholarship on the historical Jesus in terms--and with references to popular culture--that any reader can understand.
I have a lot of respect for this guy. He has that nerd appeal going on if you catch my drift. Not exactly in touch with like- the rest of the world- he steps to the beat of his own... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Thinkinginpictures
Robert M. Price nails it. This book tells us why Jesus is but a myth. It's an indispensable read for those who feel unsure in their beliefs about Jesus. This book will settle it. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Cornelius
Really interesting work. It's one of those books that you have to read with your bible open next to it. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
ABANDON ALL HOPE :::::::--> The jacket cover describes TISSOM as "radically pessimistic", and that's one way to put it. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Tom M.
Well researched and written.
The book makes you think about a lot of different view points. It also points out mythical themes which occur throughout the gospels.
Robert McNair Price (born 1954) is a former Baptist minister who teaches philosophy and religion at the Johnnie Colemon Theological Seminary, is professor of biblical criticism at... Read morePublished 24 months ago by Steven H Propp
I have every confidence in Dr Price to deliver the goods.
He sometimes goes a little bit off topic, but soon brings you back, and when you return you find you have really... Read more
In this book Price are cutting the Gospels down to size. It is not dealing with the epistles of Paul at all, so don't expect a full treatment of the historicity of Jesus question. Read morePublished on June 20, 2013 by T. K. Mikkelsen
I read about the Jesus Seminar group in college. This guy is one of their members. They start out with emotional presuppositions and very unscientifically try to decide what the... Read morePublished on December 31, 2012 by Clay Murdock