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Inventing Jesus: The New Testament Narrative as Fiction Perfect Paperback – Deluxe Edition

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  • Perfect Paperback: 702 pages
  • Publisher: Paul Gabel (2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 061548803X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0615488035
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.5 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,010,171 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Paul Gabel is a graduate of the History Department at the University of California at Berkeley and has taught history for 33 years. He is the author of two books dealing with Christianity and history. He lives in Santa Cruz, California, between the mountains and the sea.

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30 of 31 people found the following review helpful By B. Centre on May 17, 2013
Format: Perfect Paperback
I've read a number of biblical criticisms by clergy, biblical scholars, and laymen. One can glean bits and pieces of important and enlightening facts about the agendas and objectives of the biblical writers. But, I just finished reading this book and in my opinion it is the final word in the genre.

Over six-hundred pages of footnoted and well documented detail; a bibliography that would take months to read; with a level of research that is the mark of a dedicated history academic (Mr. Gabel's profession), makes this a remarkable and important work. The author takes great pains to provide clarifications of terms, and examples to ensure the reader isn't left in the dust even if he/she does not have a strong bible familiarity. In a word: You don't have to be fluent in bible to understand and appreciate this remarkable exposé.

The premise is summarized in the title. First, the author provides arguments for virtually every competing theory on the personage of Jesus from modern day and earlier biblical experts: total fabrication, historical person deified post mortem, amalgamation of pre-Christian pagan man-gods, a character born of the compilation of Old Testament Hebraic prophecies and name it, and it's discussed, in detail with supporting and convincing documentation.
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