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Fabricating Jesus: How Modern Scholars Distort the Gospels Hardcover – October 31, 2006
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"In the genre of conservative evangelical responses to The Da Vinci Code and the Jesus Seminar, Fabricating Jesus stands out as a generously civil yet firm critique of the way some scholars distort Jesus." (Perspectives on Science & Christian Faith, June 2007)
"Fabricating Jesus exposes the misinformed nonsense that has confused the reading public over the past few years. Craig Evans is a well-read and thoughtful scholar who knows all the ancient texts. In this well-written book, he exposes the misguided assumptions and dubious sources that lie behind the wild theories that have plagued the public. He has also presented Jesus and the Gospels in their proper historical context. With enthusiasm, I recommend this book for scholars and all interested in Jesus and Christian origins." (James H. Charlesworth, George L. Collord Professor of New Testament Language and Literature, Princeton Theological Seminary, and Director and Editor of the PTS Dead Sea Scrolls Project; author of Jesus and the Dead Sea Scrolls and The Beloved Disciple)
"[This book] is a timely, succinct, and well-written guide for those perplexed by this subject that is much in the news these days. In this wide-ranging book Evans covers numerous contemporary and perennial academic topics related to the historical Jesus." (On Mission, Fall 2007)
"Fabricating Jesus is yet another resource from Evans to help our generation wrestle with the challenges of radical skepticism." (Scott Lamb, Providence Baptist Church, St. Louis, Missouri, The Pathway, April 13, 2007, http://www.mbcpathway.com/article70162.htm)
"Overall, this work makes a major contribution to historical Jesus studies." (Christian Apologetics Journal, Summer 2007)
"In this book, aimed primarily at a nonspecialist audience, Craig A. Evans intends to show that traditional views about the Gospels and Jesus are historically well founded. Evans brings his considerable expertise to bear on a wide variety of topics." (Daniel A. Smith for The Catholic Biblical Quarterly, January 2008)
"Fabricating Jesus is an excellent resource for basic information about the texts, issues and major players in the historical Jesus debate." (Juan Hernandez Jr. for Religious Studies Review, April 2007)
"[A]s a resource to quickly find some responses to or literature on some bewildering issues in Jesus studies, this volume will prove very helpful." (Jack Barentsen in Criswell Theological Review, Spring 2008)
"This thorough, well-written book debunks a number of serious but widespread and influential misinterpretations of the New Testament Gospels, and thus provides an invaluable service." (CHOICE, September 2007)
"Many recent studies of Jesus are arguing that evidence requires a Jesus redo. Some works are written by well-known academics, while others are written by less well-known authors. Enter Craig Evans, who has given his life to the historical study of Jesus. Mincing no words, he calls most of these efforts what they are--fabrication. However, his tone is irenic, the style is accessible, his argumentation is sound, and his scope is comprehensive. This book is a necessary exposé of many recent works, taking us from the hype to the historical Jesus. Eminently qualified, Evans has done us all a great service." (Darrell Bock, Research Professor of New Testament Studies, Dallas Theological Seminary, and author of The Missing Gospels)
"Fabricating Jesus exposes the misinformed nonsense that has confused the reading public over the past few years. Craig Evans is a well-read and thoughtful scholar who knows all the ancient texts. In this well-written book, he exposes the misguided assumptions and dubious sources that lie behind the wild theories that have plagued the public. He has also presented Jesus and the Gospels in their proper historical context. With enthusiasm, I recommend this book for scholars and all interested in Jesus and Christian origins." --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
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Craig Evans takes on this question in a fascinating book that should be in the library of every person who enjoys New Testament apologetics. He systematically demolishes the claims of early dates and authentic history that have been made on behalf of Gnostic works that post-date the life of Jesus by two centuries or more, and then takes modern scholarship to task for ignoring the Jewish roots of the four Gospels and imposing their own modern values and agendas on these two thousand year old works. One emerges from reading this book with a greater sense of certainty about the historical value of the Gospels, and a greater sense of skepticism about the qualifications and understanding of those scholars who have tried to dismiss them or question their credibility.
Format-wise, this book originated as a compilation of blog posts, and as a result, it does occasionally come across as a bit disjointed and lacks a certain amount of cohesion, but these are stylistic rather than substantive criticisms. Craig's work deserves to be read and studied by anyone who has questions about the authenticity of the Gospels or the competence of modern New Testament criticism.
Though the content is hardly written at bedtime-story level, it's definitely layperson-readable. Moreover, Evans has provided a glossary, and also has defined (in a list) abbreviations that may be unfamiliar to the average layperson.
I think that honest skeptics — those who acknowledge the existence of objective truth, seek such truth, and are open to accepting such truth when they see it — will find this book helpful.
the execution of Jesus that is depicted in the gospel narratives truly coincides with the anicent Romans time of presecution
For example high Jewsih priest had a right to transfer there criminals to Roman authorities who later on will have the right to presecute them as they have done to Jesus of Nazareth, so Gospel account are not some sort of fabrication but a real history because it coincides with a political structure of the time of Jesus of Nazareth,
I dont want to give up more inofrmation I would ask you to read it by yourself and see how modern scholars(like Ehrman,Tabor or company) dont know anything about histroical Jesus
And scholar Craig Evans he is very open minded he is not hiding anything not covering anything like many fundamentalist will do but he does what a real historian suppose to do and the first and most important thing is to be open minded if you are open minded you will know the Truth and if you know the Truth then the "Truth shall set you free" John 8:32