- Hardcover: 272 pages
- Publisher: Oxford University Press; First Edition edition (June 28, 2001)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0195135091
- ISBN-13: 978-0195135091
- Product Dimensions: 6.2 x 1 x 9.3 inches
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- Average Customer Review: 25 customer reviews
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In addition to attempting to find postmodern, multiple, nontraditional interpretations of traditional biblical texts, the renowned Jesus Seminar has published texts from outside the traditional canon, heralding them as new discoveries that suggest reinterpretation of traditional Christian theology and practice. In this book, Jenkins counters the interpretations of Jesus Seminar scholars, concisely and evenhandedly introducing their theories and presenting historical and textual evidence to contradict them. He questions their "discoveries" of texts that have been known to biblical scholars for at least two hundred years, challenges their dating of texts in order to impart them greater weight and traces many of their purportedly new interpretations to age-old traditions ("heresies" to the early Church) such as Gnosticism. He ascribes to the seminar scholars "inverted fundamentalism," claiming that these critics, ironically, assign great authority to historically questionable noncanonical texts, such as The Gospel of Thomas, while simultaneously challenging the authority and validity of the long-established canon. He attributes this bias to both a postmodern search for meaning and a lay audience hungry for religious truth, while noting that only new interpretations advance academic careers and attract media attention. In short, he argues that the Jesus Seminar offers nothing new under the sun. Jenkins closes out this forceful critique by noting "we can only hope" that when new biblical texts surface, they might be "evaluated on their merits, and not solely for their value in cultural battles."
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"A sober, and sobering, account of how some scholars have enthusiastically embraced 'new' or 'hidden' gospels which just happen to support certain currently fashionable ideologies--and of just how unwarranted such claims actually are."--N.T. Wright DD, Canon Theologian of Westminster Abbey
"Jenkins has brilliantly identified the mythic dimension of the recent fascination with hidden gospels and alternative Christianities."--Luke Timothy Johnson, author of The Real Jesus
"Jenkins makes clear that the inflated claims of the boosters of the Gospel of Thomas are neither well founded nor all that new. This book places the recent 'selling of Nag Hammadi' within the larger context of American academic politics, social trends, and New Age religions, and does all this in a manner that remains accessible to the general reader."--John P. Meier, author of A Marginal Jew: Rethinking the Historical Jesus
"...nontechnical, lucid, and well argued."--Choice
"Jenkins has produced a vade mecum of discoveries, texts, relevant literature, and incisive critique--a 'must' for anyone interested in the origins and claims of the Gospels."--The Journal of Religion
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As Dr. Jenkins has shown, a liturgical and patriarchal structure was present in the church from the earliest days (re patriarchal - feminism was as big in second century heterodoxy as it is today). However, he is one of those curious Anglicans who want to be more Catholic than the Pope - he thinks this structure means that the Council of Trent was right. His idea that validation of apostolic authority is also validation of the necessity for apostolic succession is a non sequitor. Finally, he seems to be unable to let loose of the possibility that Q, a hypothetical ur-gospel, must exist somewhere, and the truly aberrant notion that the Gospel of Thomas, which has no mention of the Crucifixion and Resurrection, was somehow a means of evangelizing the Greeks before letting them in on the real story.
But like a toy in a Cracker Jack box, I found an unexpected treat in Chapter 7 where Jenkins shows how the majority of female "professors of religious studies" actually view themselves as professors of dyke political propaganda. If you are a devout Christian, you will be happy with the purchase of this book, but you should NOT be happy if your daughter tells you she is picking religious studies as her major.