"Is This Not the Carpenter?" is an important example of what we need more of: serious scholarly examinations and debates on the historicity of Jesus and what methods to use in resolving it. It includes papers that for specialists are required reading on this topic. --Richard Carrier, author of Sense and Goodness without God
, Proving History
, and Not the Impossible Faith
This well-edited and attractive volume marks an important milestone in the debate concerning mythicism in New Testament scholarship. --Thomas Bolin, St Norbert College, Wisconsin
Overall, this volume contributes to a crucial development, namely moving historical investigation beyond the usual restrictions of the historical critical method, particularly beyond reliance on the theory of oral tradition, and bringing it into new terrain, especially that of literature. --Thomas L. Brodie, Dominican Biblical Institute, Limerick, Ireland
From the Back Cover
'Is This Not The Carpenter?'
offers readers the most up to date overview of how the historicity of Jesus is examined in contemporary scholarship. An international range of scholars - with divergent views on the historical Jesus - present a literary re-reading of the New Testament, arguing that the gospel evidence is to be discovered not in oral tradition but in the written literature of the ancient world.
--From the Paperback Edition via Acumen Publishing (Forthcoming, 31 Jul 2013)