"Excellent!" -- Free Inquiry --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
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Despite these difficulties, Gerd Ludemann shows in this fascinating analysis of early Christian documents that the tools of historical research can succeed in reaching at least a close approximation of some of the original words and deeds of Jesus. Ludemann first establishes the criteria by which the alleged words and actions of Jesus can be judged authentic or inauthentic. He then examines every text about Jesus from the first two centuries. By this careful methodology, he is able to separate what the historical Jesus actually said and did from inaccurate legends later attached to his name.
Unique in its comprehensiveness, JESUS AFTER 2000 YEARS covers the canonical gospels, as well as the more recently discovered Gospel of Thomas and apocryphal Jesus traditions. Ludemann concludes with a short life of Jesus in which he pieces together in narrative form what can be known about Jesus based on the historical evidence. Also included is an index of all authentic sayings and actions of Jesus.
JESUS AFTER 2000 YEARS is not a secondary survey of the work of others, nor does it take a thematic approach. Rather, all the extant traditions of Jesus from the first two centuries are retranslated, after which their historical accuracy is investigated in a way that even the educated lay reader can follow.
For all those wtih an interest in Christian origins, this volume is an invaluable resource. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.