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  • Paperback: 420 pages
  • Publisher: Kregel Academic & Professional (September 25, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 082543811X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0825438110
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.5 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #567,125 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Robert L. Thomas (Th.D., Dallas Theological Seminary) is professor of New Testament at The Master's Seminary in Sun Valley California. He is the general editor of The Jesus Crisis (with F. David Farnell), The Master's Perspective on Contemporary Issues and The Master's Perspective on Difficult Passages.

F. David Farnell is Associate Professor of New Testament at The Master's Seminary.

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F. David Farnell, PhD, Senior Professor of New Testament, The Master's Seminary, and Adjunct Professor of New Testament, Veritas Evangelical Seminary. Dr. Farnell was the co-editor of The Jesus Crisis (1998) as well as contributor to other books (e.g. Three Views on Origin of the Synoptic Gospels, 2002). He specializes in the impact of historical-critical philosophical ideologies in New Testament Criticism and Interpretation.

Dr. Farnell came to The Master's Seminary in 1997 from Southeastern Bible College, in Birmingham, Alabama, where he chaired the Department of Pastoral Theology and Biblical Studies from 1991-1994. In addition, he served as Academic Dean at Southeastern from 1994-1997. During this time in Alabama, he also concurrently pastored Brook Highland Community Church.

Earlier, while completing his Master's degrees, Dr. Farnell served as a teaching assistant in the areas of New Testament and Bible Exposition at Talbot Theological Seminary. He has also functioned as registrar and instructor of Biblical studies at a small Christian college in San Diego, California.

Dr. Farnell has pastored several churches and published extensively in books and periodicals. His most recent work is The Jesus Quest The Danger from Within, co-edited with the world-renowned apologist, Dr. Norman L. Geisler. Dr. Farnell has also written "The Independence View of Gospel Origins" in Three Views on the Origins of the Synoptic Gospels (Kregel, 2002) and The Jesus Crisis (Kregel, 1998) that he co-edited and to which he contributed several articles. He continues an emphasis on historical-critical ideologies with on-going research into recent interpretive trends in Gospel research.

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18 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Lyndon Unger on April 20, 2010
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...People often get very angry.

This book made a lot of 'conservative' evangelical scholars VERY angry, which is reason in itself to read it. Dr.'s Thomas, Farnell, Osborne, Felix and others take on the sacred cow of 'higher critical theory' and the issues around Markan priority and the various searches for the "Historical Jesus" (who apparently, is loosely related to the fella portrayed in Mathew, Mark, Luke and John). The basic thrust of the book is that dehistorizing of the scripture, fathered by Spinoza and embraced by the German and British Liberals of the 18th and 19th centuries, has infiltrated the biggest and best seminaries and havens of evangelicalism in the form of New Testament Higher Critical scholarship (i.e. the non-Matthean priority schools of thought, as well as the "Historical Jesus" searches/debates) and few people are the wiser.

This book names the names, quotes texts and calls people to task for peddling dangerous and false teaching in the safety of classrooms and accademic journals. This book warns evangelicalism about the dangers of what's going on in the places where they faithfully send their money and find their clergy.

I attended one of these seminaries where all the white haired, faithful saints got newsletters and supported a school, to the tune of millions of dollars, because they were blissfully unaware of what was being taught there. Students were coming hoping to "get to know the bible better" and study a bible that they thought was inspired, inerrant, sufficient, effications, historical and trustworthy (although few arrive knowing the theological terminology). Many of my friends and collegues left believing none of those things and many of them aren't involved in Christianity much, if at all, anymore.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Pastor John on February 1, 2013
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This book should be read by every pastor and elder in the church, so they can understand some of the dangerous trends in Evangelical scholarship. Although a bit dated now, many of the problems predicted in this volume have come to fruition, and yet are flying under the radar of many of the very people called to shepherd and protect the flock. Seminaries that were once the bulwarks of evangelicalism are now deeply engaged in the search for the "historical Jesus" (which is an implicit denial of the historicity of the Gospels)as a result there are men in the pulpit who have been taught that Scripture is unreliable even though they come from seminaries that many believe guarantee their fidelity to scripture.

This is not light reading, it is written by scholars for scholars or graduate students, but it because of its form, it is easily digestible. It may take a while to work through the individual essays but it is doable and profitable for even lay leaders. And unlike many other works of this nature, The Jesus Crisis names names, both of individual scholars and of institutions, which makes the information easily actionable.

If you are entrusted with the spiritual care of the flock, you need to read this book.
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Good summary and back up Bibliography. It clearly demonstrates that the real crisis in preaching today lies inthe area of Hermeneutics.
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