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Jesus Is Dead Paperback – April 30, 2007
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I do have one problem with this book though. On page 275 he refers to the National Inquirer. That should be National Enquirer. The Inquirer is out of Philly. I learned to differ these papers after I moved to Cincy which has the Enquirer.
I have to say that Dr. Price is my new favorite Biblical scholar. He is very knowledgeable about the Bible, forms of criticism, and he is extremely well-read. Plus he has a wonderful sense of humor. I appreciate Dr. Price's honesty above all though. His Bible Geek podcasts on his website are very informative and thoroughly enjoyable. I look forward to reading his other books.
However, upon closer inspection the gospel narratives are not even remotely historical accounts, and provide numerous internal clues to this effect. The apologist tactic is tantamount to proving the existence of Batman by quoting the words of Robin, the Boy Wonder.
Price takes on quite a few specific big name apologists such as N.T. Wright, William Lane Craig, Glenn Miller, and Gary Habermas. He provides slam-dunk refutations for specific arguments, with observations on the general principle behind apologetic flim-flam tactics.
If you ever have to participate in a debate, THIS ONE BOOK is THE BOOK to read.
The book is a collection of various pieces and book reviews that have appeared in the years prior to the book's publication. Most of the individual chapters deal with apologetic arguments and reviews of books written by apologists. Because of this there is quite a bit of repetition as apologists make the same arguments and Price offers up the same refutations.
There is also a bit of padding in the book as Price demolishes the current spate of books dealing with the Knights Templar, notably Brown's "The Da Vinci Code". The connection to mainstream apologetics is rather tenuous as neither skeptics nor apologists alike have the time of day for "Jesus survived the cross, married Mary Magdalene, moved to France, etc, etc" fantasies. Price seems to be trying to tar with the same brush, like comparing global warming deniers with holocaust deniers. I hope this was not intentional.
If you're looking for an actual book instead of a collection you're going to be slightly disappointed as I was. The pieces are all well written and well reasoned but read one after another they tend to be repetitious.
A Kindle edition of this book is on sale on the author's website. The Kindle edition is quite readable but has a number of shortcomings mostly due to the table of contents. The table does not show up in the menu, and only the chapters in the first half of the book are marked on the progress bar. The text is also not justified. Two other books are for sale in Kindle format on Price's website, "Night of the Living Savior" and "The Christ Myth Theory and its Problems". Like "Jesus is Dead", they are also collections.
With this in mind, anyone who wants to read some funny criticisms of New Testament scholarship, and for that matter funny criticisms about general history that includes Roman, Greek and of course modern; then go ahead and check this book out. If you go to Robert M. Price's website you can get an autographed copy of the book for $20 flat with Shipping included. I believe another reviewer mentioned that.
I actually agree with many of his points, but I don't reach his conclusions. I for one think that there really was a Jesus and that he did do quite a few things described in the gospels and that the gospels are not that unreliable as the thinks. But he's open minded and comical. That's good to know.
Here's some stuff he touches upon: The resurrection of Jesus, empty tomb, his theory that Jesus may have been John the Baptist, and critiques of Dan Brown and company and their wacky ideas, N.T. Wright, William Lane Craig, Johnathan Smith, Gregory Riley, A.J.M.Read more ›
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Contrary to The Amazing Colossal Apostle, I could not appreciate Price's Jesus is Dead. I've tried to listen to Price's arguments several times but the book just slips out of my... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Chris Albert Wells
Unafraid and with the facts on his side, Price fantastically lays out his case and helps all of us still ever struggling to break free of the chains of Christian fundamentalism and... Read morePublished 14 months ago by Rickey Green
It's wordy and some prerequisite knowledge of the New Testament is required. A better, clearer book -- a new one -- is David Fitzgerald's book "Nailed".Published on December 16, 2012 by Q. Wang
Anyone who has read real scholarship on the subject, knows that books (and scholars for that matter) like these are 60 years behind present studies. Read morePublished on September 2, 2009 by Truth Seeker
Dr. Price has done it again. He has put his vast knowledge of religion combined with his even-handed, rational analytical abilities and his sly wit to the task of dealing with the... Read morePublished on December 22, 2008 by Will F.
Price relies on the public's ignorance of history and the Bible in his often irresponsible and unsupported accusations and contentions in this book. Read morePublished on August 22, 2007 by Amazon Customer