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This review is from: Incredible Shrinking Son of Man: How Reliable Is the Gospel Tradition? (Hardcover)
Unfortunately, those who can most profit from exposure to this book are the ones least likely to read it. Lacking a thoroughgoing familiarity with both the Old and New Testaments, the reader will need to keep both a Bible and the OED handy while poring through these pages. Needless to say, those who are best acquainted with scripture will not be easily lured into reading a book which does a remarkable job of unraveling the myth of Jesus. In it, there is a painstaking comparison of Bible passages, particularly the synoptic gospels, and well-documented arguments showing surprising discrepancies and extensive contradictions. But this is no Age of Reason. Price goes beyond picking apart passages by giving explanations about how the various Christian groups-particularly the Jewish Christian vs. the Gentile Christian ones-of the second and third centuries molded the New Testament to fit their sectarian views. Has Price demonstrated that there never was some sort of Christ figure alive and preaching around 30-40 A.D? Not really. But if a Jesus did in fact exist back then, Price has produced an avalanche of evidence to show that an even approximate record of that figure's life is not to be found in the gospels or in the other New Testament writings.
For those willing to wade through the obscurities of truly higher biblical criticism, to bear with Price's peculiar mix of scholarly language sprinkled with frequent colloquialisms and to unravel occasional typographical errors, this book will be a revealing and rewarding experience.
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Initial post: Apr 16, 2007 12:38:37 PM PDT
Amazon Customer says:
I appreciate your statements about this book. I haven't read it yet, (but am certainly bound to,) and it's good to know when a work is part of serious biblical criticism. It'll be nice to read some for a change.
Posted on Sep 26, 2009 7:50:07 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Sep 26, 2009 1:27:25 PM PDT
Reader From Aurora says:
In reply to an earlier post on Jan 5, 2011 7:52:32 PM PST
Aurora, your comment is interesting. You refer to Price as a "speculative commentator" as opposed to a "mainstream scholar." Mainstream he is not and he doesn't deny this - in fact he is quick to say so. But a scholar he definitely is. And, great scholars are usually ones cutting against the mainstream. Serious readers wishing to learn about Christianity and the development of the early church will learn much from Price. You can't dismiss him by labelling him "speculative" and leave it at that. If you do, it's your loss.
In reply to an earlier post on Jan 25, 2011 1:40:55 PM PST
In reply to an earlier post on Jan 25, 2011 2:28:21 PM PST
JOHN A. BROUSSARD says:
I'm not Mr. Hook. Want to try again?
In reply to an earlier post on Jan 26, 2011 1:09:33 PM PST
Sorry for any confusion. My comment was addressed to Gerald Hook - the individual who had posted on 5 Jan.
In reply to an earlier post on Jan 5, 2012 2:28:38 AM PST
Vincent Czyz says:
Price is hardly a "speculative" commentator. What nonsense. "Mainstream" scholarship generaly means "scholars" who believe Jesus was the Son of God. It's hard to be objective when you bring that point of view to this subject.
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