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Dethroning Jesus: Exposing Popular Culture's Quest to Unseat the Biblical Christ Hardcover – November 6, 2007
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From Publishers Weekly
Ph.D.s and writers Bock (Jesus According to Scripture) and Wallace (author of one of the most widely used textbooks on New Testament Greek grammar) team up to address what they refer to as Jesusanity—the trend to dethrone Jesus and view him as a wise and revered leader rather than as the Christ of Christianity. They examine the ideas of numerous scholars and theorists, including Bart Ehrman, Elaine Pagels, Marcus Borg and James Tabor. With precision and care drawn from their years of research, they study six key claims—including the idea that the original New Testament manuscripts were corrupted beyond recovery, that Jesus' message was primarily political, that new gospels like Thomas and Judas throw traditional views of Jesus into doubt and that Jesus' tomb has been discovered. What emerges is an appreciation for the rigors of biblical study and a wealth of support for traditional views of Jesus. The writing is at times unclear and difficult, and could not compete on its own with the books Bock and Wallace critique. However, this overview provides a concise and well-researched evangelical Christian response to numerous popular theories, and conservative readers will be especially likely to welcome it. (Nov. 6)
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About the Author
Darrell L. Bock, PhD, Research Professor of New Testament Studies at Dallas Theological Seminary, serves as Professor for Spiritual Development and Culture for the seminary's center for Christian Leadership. A corresponding editor for Christianity Today, Dr. Bock is also past president of the Evangelical Theological Society. He and his wife, Sally, have three children and one grandson. Books Sold to Date: 275,000+ Daniel B. Wallace, Ph.D., is the author of the textbook on intermediate Greek grammar that is used in more than two-thirds of the nation's schools that teach that subject. He is the senior New Testament editor of the NET Bible. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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The scholarly work needs a counterpart with the fire of the Epistle of Jude against all false teachers who claim to be Christians but undermine the very faith they profess with an increasing intellectual sophistication.
Notably I felt that the last chapter on the Tomb of Jesus was good too. I feel that a great supplement to this chapter was the Discovery Channel special on this topic, especially the post-documentary segment. Ted Koppel does the job for the experts in tearing apart terrible journalism and documentary making. Bock follows this up (while he too was on that segment) with a good chapter on the flaws and assumption upon assumption the researchers made.
Since I teach I really appreciated the final note at the end of the book. Bock/Wallace commented on the loss of integrity that Ehrman has displayed in his conspiracy theory spreading. They note that even though he knows people are gravely misunderstanding him he not only doesn't do anything about it, as a good teacher/researcher would, but increases the paranoia by throwing out crazier unfounded claims on such places as NPR and Discovery Channel. Good note by a couple of responsible teachers/researchers.
Another good book on Gnosticism and The Gospel of Judas (which Bock, too, treats) is Judas and the Gospel of Jesus by N. T. Wright.