Mack's (The Lost Gospel; A Myth of Innocence) newest book is one of those rare volumes that, upon completion, makes one wonder how we could possibly have lived without it. The clarity of Mack's prose and the intelligent pursuit of his subject make compelling reading. Of course, the question Mack asks is not one Christians have been encouraged to ask, which only adds to the book's interest. Mack's investigation of the various groups and strands of the early Christian Community?out of which were generated the texts of Christianity's first anthology of religious literature?makes sense of a topic that has often been confusing. Regrettably, in an effort to appeal to a popular audience, Mack's treatment has been pruned of much of its scholarly apparatus; his notes would have been a welcome resource. Certainly, as the number of publications emerging from Jesus Seminar draw attack from conservative seminaries, such apparatus will become essential, popular audience or no. Nonetheless, this is an important book; a must-read for any student of the New Testament.
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Certainly Mack's book should take a place in the front ranks of the many fine introductions available to students of the New Testament in both academic and nonacademic settings. A comprehensive synthesis of New Testament scholarship that is nevertheless popularly accessible, it will make a particularly useful introductory text in an area where such texts are in great demand. But it is more than an excellent introduction. As the subtitle suggests, the book is also a critical account of the making of the Christian myth--an invitation to critical reflection on the social construction of a foundational epic that has shaped (and been shaped by) the history and behavior of the West since Constantine. That makes it an introduction to mythmaking that is more than a colonial criticism or classification of other people's myths; it is an invitation to cultural self-criticism, an invaluable contribution to liberal education that is a potentially important corrective to triumphalist practices as tempting in our multicultural age as they were in the multicultural matrix out of which Christian scripture emerged. Steve Schroeder --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.See all Editorial Reviews
Not a fast read by any means, but fascinating all the way. And I'm not the least bit religious! The author shows where the various traditions and new philosophies were first... Read morePublished 13 days ago by Steve H
A well-written account of the beginnings of the New Testament, the historical events that influenced its writing, and the evolution of the New Testament as Christianity took hold... Read morePublished 24 days ago by Travis Short
The author gives a very good study about the way of how the New Testament was made. We can use it to see if we are living in the Reality or in the myth!Published 1 month ago by Casimiro
I honestly had very little idea, prior to reading this, what sort of historical studies have been done around the Bible's origins. Burton L. Read morePublished 3 months ago by A. Hills
It's pretty good. Little slow, but has good facts and cites valid sourcesPublished 4 months ago by Saverio D.
it is ironic that Burton Mack's title has the word myth in it, for his book is itself exactly that, myth. Read morePublished 4 months ago by David Stump