The Jesus Seminar, a group of scholars who have attempted to locate the authentic words of Jesus, made headlines two years ago by reporting that, of the entire Lord's Prayer as found in Matthew, the only words that could conclusively be attributed to Jesus are "Our Father." In this book they have published their results. This new translation of the four gospels, augmented by the noncanonical Gospel of Thomas, presents Jesus' words printed in colored code: red for words Jesus almost certainly spoke, pink for his probable locutions, gray for the less than likely, and black for the implausible. The translation itself is far more colloquial than most. More germane, though, is that the four levels of authenticity were determined by the casting of ballots, which the editors admit is problematic and represents the fundamental weakness of the book. Whether Jesus actually spoke certain words matters little in the long view of Christianity, making this book a theological curiosity and religiously superfluous.
- W. Alan Froggatt, Bridgewater, Ct.
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
Based on the work of the Jesus Seminar, which brought together a group of biblical scholars, this new translation of and commentary on the five Gospels offers an answer to the perennial question, What did Jesus really say? The group not only surveyed all the surviving ancient texts for words attributed to Jesus, but also examined the Gnostic Gospel of Thomas. Then, juxtaposing the Synoptic Gospels against John and Thomas, the seminar scholars began a long and arduous process to see if they could discover which sayings are close to what Jesus said, which might have originated with Jesus, those that are not his (though the ideas may be), and those that were created by his followers or borrowed from folklore. The story of how the scholars put together this translation is fascinating in its own right, but even more so is the color-coded New Testament itself, bolstered by enlightening commentary that explains why and how category decisions were made. A strong addition to religion collections. Ilene Cooper --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.See all Editorial Reviews
Any serious student of the New Testament needs to read this book.Published 17 days ago by GARY MCCASLIN
I primarily bought this book for the critical analysis of the Gospel of Thomas, but the canonical Gospels are well worth reading as well. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
Splendid book. Transparent scholarship, comprehensive explication. Very easy to use.Published 2 months ago by Dr R Ketterer
Wonderful work! If you are willing to delve into one of the least known aspects of an otherwise extremely well known figure, the 'historical' Jesus, this is probably one of the... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Francesco Ronchetti
Heavy scholarly read, but very interesting. Food for lots of great discussions.Published 4 months ago by Mary Beisner
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Interesting approach to understanding the true meaning behind New Testament scripture. I have used it several times in my adult Bible class.Published 5 months ago by EEprof