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Jesus Under Fire: Modern Scholarship Reinvents the Historical Jesus [Kindle Edition]

Michael J. Wilkins , J. P. Moreland
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Who is Jesus? What did he do? What did he say? -Are the traditional answer to these questions still to be trusted? - Did the early church and tradition "Christianize" Jesus? - Was Christianity built on clever conceptions of the church, or on the character and actions of an actual person? These and similar questions have come under scrutiny by a forum of biblical scholars called the Jesus Seminar. Their conclusions have been widely publicized in magazines such as Time and Newsweek. Jesus Under Fire challenges the methodology and findings of the Jesus Seminar, which generally clash with the biblical records. It examines the authenticity of the words, actions, miracles, and resurrection of Jesus, and presents compelling evidence for the traditional biblical teachings. Combining accessibility with scholarly depth, Jesus Under Fire helps readers judge for themselves whether the Jesus of the Bible is the Jesus of history, and whether the gospels' claim is valid that he is the only way to God.



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Are the traditional answers to these questions still to be trusted? Did the early church and tradition "Christianize" Jesus? Was Christianity built on clever conceptions of the church, or on the character and actions of an actual person?

These and similar questions have come under scrutiny by a forum of biblical scholars called the Jesus Seminar. Their conclusions have been widely publicized in magazines such as Time and Newsweek.

Jesus Under Fire challenges the methodology and findings of the Jesus Seminar, which generally clash with the biblical records. It examines the authenticity of the words, actions, miracles, and resurrection of Jesus, and presents compelling evidence for the traditional biblical teachings.

Combining accessibility with scholarly depth, Jesus Under Fire helps readers judge for themselves whether the Jesus of the Bible is the Jesus of history, and whether the Gospel's claim is valid that he is the only way to God. "The Jesus Seminar is the creation of a media culture looking for a story. This book refutes its conclusions point by point."

Thomas C. Oden, Drew Theological School

From the Author

Michael J. Wilkins (Ph.D., Fuller Theological Seminary) is professor of New Testament language and literature at Talbot School of Theology and the author of several books. J. P. Moreland (Ph.D., University of Southern California) is professor of philosophy at Talbot School of Theology and the author of a number of books

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130 of 145 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Under fire, but still standing August 23, 2000
Format:Paperback
JUF is a book that simply needs to be read by all, Christian and skeptic alike. Ten evangelical scholars come togher to refute the naturalistic assumptions of the Jesus Seminar, as well as provide positive evidence for the traditional, orthodox belief in Jesus.
In the introduction, Moreland and Wilkins ask: Can we know anything about Jesus?; Are the biblical records of Jesus' activities accurate?; Is the supernatural possible in ancient and modern times? If the answer to these questions is 'yes', then believing that Jesus is Messiah becomes reasonable. Determining the answers to these questions requires the proper use of historiography and logical reasoning, not a vague 'faith' that has no basis in reality (after all, if Jesus never existed, believing that he did is simply idiotic). Throughout the book, the contributors emphasize the importance of truth and reason for religious belief.
In ch.1, Craig Blomberg begins by examining the methodology of the Jesus Seminar and finds it lacking. He then provides evidence to support the historical reliability of the gospel accounts. In Ch.2, Scot McKnight takes a look at the history of Jesus scholarship and the varying descriptions that have been offered (Jesus as Sage or Social Revolutionary). He goes on to sketch a view of Jesus based on broad scholarly consensus.
In ch.3, Darrell Bock looks at the words of Jesus. Are the words ascribed to Jesus exact quotes(ipissima verba)? Or are they 'his very voice'(ipissima vox)? He draws a distinction between having the precise words of Jesus and having his voice (the intent and meaning) in an accurate summary. In Ch. 4, Craig Evans presents a case for the authenticity of the deeds of Jesus as recorded in the gospels. In Ch.
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55 of 71 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hits the Jesus Seminar Where it Hurts November 12, 2001
Format:Paperback
This book is a composition of short essays written by a number of prominent Christian apologists which focus on specific and fundamental questions about the Christian faith. Each of the chapters offers solid defenses of orthodox Christianity as well as highlighting where folks like the Jesus Seminar are in opposition to Christian orthodoxy and the many philosophical and scholarly flaws that undermine their case.
While each of the chapters offered compelling reasons in support of Christianity while rejecting the 'scholarship' of the Jesus Seminar, I felt that two chapters were quite outstanding. Habermas's chapter on miracles and Craig's chapter on the resurrection both did the best job of deconstructing the Jesus Seminar, in part, by demonstrating the reasonableness of orthodoxy. Habermas did a good job of demonstrating that the Jesus Seminar, far from being a group of people offering fresh scholarship because they are not bound by Christian tradition, are clearly bound tightly to a naturalistic worldview that slants their entire approach to their study of Jesus. These guys are not neutral and impartial scholars. As both Habermas and Evans effectively demonstrate, the Jesus Seminar is often in the intellectually dubious position of trying to meld two worldviews that are hostile to each other - Christianity and naturalism. The result, as the entire book effectively shows, is a highly subjective effort on the part of the Jesus Seminar to naturalize Christianity and to christianize naturalism. Since this can't be done objectively or evidentially, the Jesus Seminar tries to do it subjectively.
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34 of 43 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Jesus Is Alive and Well in the Halls of Academia August 3, 2000
By K.H.
Format:Paperback
Most collaborations are difficult to read and painstakingly ackward. This is probably one of the few exceptions. 10 conservative, yet, highly recognized scholars attempt to debunk much of the information coming out of the Jesus Seminar and other liberal critics of the gospels and the life of Christ.
The introduction by J.P. Moreland and Michael F. Wilkins introduces the reader to the topic at hand: Who was Jesus Christ? Can we trust the accounts of HIs life? and finally, why it all matters?
The two best and most interesting chapters are written by Craig L. Blomberg (Where Do We Start Studying Jesus?) and William Lane Craig (Did Jesus Rise From The Dead?) Other chapters are very interesting indeed, such as Edwin M. Yamauchi's "Jesus Outside The New Testament: What Is The Evidence?" All in all, this book is a must and is well edited. There are the usual problems in collaborations such as writing style changes, which often disturbs the flow from chapter to chapter. The rules of historical evidence is followed and the theologians and philosophers keep the story staright and follow all the rules oflogic. To the Christian or open-minded skeptic - buy now!
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24 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Strong arguments for defending the New Testament Jesus November 19, 1998
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
This is an excellent book !!! It has a unique arrangement with eight chapters written by eight different authors. Each chapter addresses a different issue regarding the arguments over what type of person Jesus of Nazareth really was. Issues such as the reliability of the Gospels, miracles of Jesus, the Resurrection, and others are all addressed in a scholarly and fair manner. No straw man arguments here... Despite the fact that there are eight different authors, the book flows extremely well.
The only down side to this book is that each topic isn't covered more in-depth. The editors acknowledge this fact, and offer an excellent list of resources for further study of each specific issue.
This book is also an excellent resource for refuting the types of arguments coming from the members of the Jesus Seminar.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars The Jesus Seminar
I have long felt that the "Jesus Seminar" were agnostic but without the moral courage to admit it. Read more
Published 3 months ago by james studdard
1.0 out of 5 stars Not scholarly, just apologetics
I am a Christian, and I am disappointed in this book. Those writing are not scholars. They make excuses, instead of providing evidence and insight. Read more
Published 12 months ago by H. L. ARLEDGE
3.0 out of 5 stars if orthodoxy is your doxy
A well written apology for the orthodox view of Jesus. A better title would be "My beliefs about Jesus under fire. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Rick
5.0 out of 5 stars A SERIES OF APOLOGETICAL ESSAYS CRITICAL OF THE "JESUS SEMINAR," ETC.
This 1995 book contains essays from a variety of Christian scholars/apologists (e.g., William Lane Craig, Gary Habermas) dealing with various issues about Jesus' life and deeds. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Steven H. Propp
5.0 out of 5 stars A SERIES OF APOLOGETICAL ESSAYS CRITICAL OF THE "JESUS SEMINAR," ETC.
This 1995 book contains essays from a variety of Christian scholars/apologists (e.g., William Lane Craig, Gary Habermas) dealing with various issues about Jesus' life and deeds. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Steven H. Propp
5.0 out of 5 stars A SERIES OF APOLOGETICAL ESSAYS CRITICAL OF THE "JESUS SEMINAR," ETC.
This 1995 book contains essays from a variety of Christian scholars/apologists (e.g., William Lane Craig, Gary Habermas) dealing with various issues about Jesus' life and deeds. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Steven H. Propp
4.0 out of 5 stars Informative
This helps one to understand the modern critisisms of Jesus as a person. This also helps in understanding the Jesus Seminar.
Published 18 months ago by Shawn White
5.0 out of 5 stars Jesus Under Fire
Jesus Under Fire: Modern Scholarship Reinvents the Historical Jesus Jesus of Nazareth has come under fire since the time that He walked this earth some 2,000 years ago. Read more
Published on March 18, 2012 by M. E. Baker
4.0 out of 5 stars Useful Evangelical Perspective
Although primarily conceived as a reply to the research of the liberal-minded Jesus Seminar, the articles in "Jesus Under Fire" are written as more general defenses of the... Read more
Published on April 14, 2010 by S. F. Bell
5.0 out of 5 stars READ THIS BEFORE REVIEWING
Those who have posted the negative reviews have not read the entire book, and the claims they make against the book are ludicrous and unsubstantiated. Read more
Published on April 7, 2010 by Andrew J. Rectenwald
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