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Robert L. Thomas (Th.D., Dallas Theological Seminary) is professor of New Testament at The Master's Seminary in Sun Valley California. He is the general editor of The Jesus Crisis (with F. David Farnell), The Master's Perspective on Contemporary Issues, and The Master's Perspective on Difficult Passages.

F. David Farnell is Associate Professor of New Testament at The Master's Seminary.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 420 pages
  • Publisher: Kregel Academic & Professional (September 25, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 082543811X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0825438110
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.9 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,077,517 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This book should be read by every pastor and elder in the church, so they can understand some of the dangerous trends in Evangelical scholarship. Although a bit dated now, many of the problems predicted in this volume have come to fruition, and yet are flying under the radar of many of the very people called to shepherd and protect the flock. Seminaries that were once the bulwarks of evangelicalism are now deeply engaged in the search for the "historical Jesus" (which is an implicit denial of the historicity of the Gospels)as a result there are men in the pulpit who have been taught that Scripture is unreliable even though they come from seminaries that many believe guarantee their fidelity to scripture.

This is not light reading, it is written by scholars for scholars or graduate students, but it because of its form, it is easily digestible. It may take a while to work through the individual essays but it is doable and profitable for even lay leaders. And unlike many other works of this nature, The Jesus Crisis names names, both of individual scholars and of institutions, which makes the information easily actionable.

If you are entrusted with the spiritual care of the flock, you need to read this book.
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...People often get very angry.

This book made a lot of 'conservative' evangelical scholars VERY angry, which is reason in itself to read it. Dr.'s Thomas, Farnell, Osborne, Felix and others take on the sacred cow of 'higher critical theory' and the issues around Markan priority and the various searches for the "Historical Jesus" (who apparently, is loosely related to the fella portrayed in Mathew, Mark, Luke and John). The basic thrust of the book is that dehistorizing of the scripture, fathered by Spinoza and embraced by the German and British Liberals of the 18th and 19th centuries, has infiltrated the biggest and best seminaries and havens of evangelicalism in the form of New Testament Higher Critical scholarship (i.e. the non-Matthean priority schools of thought, as well as the "Historical Jesus" searches/debates) and few people are the wiser.

This book names the names, quotes texts and calls people to task for peddling dangerous and false teaching in the safety of classrooms and accademic journals. This book warns evangelicalism about the dangers of what's going on in the places where they faithfully send their money and find their clergy.

I attended one of these seminaries where all the white haired, faithful saints got newsletters and supported a school, to the tune of millions of dollars, because they were blissfully unaware of what was being taught there. Students were coming hoping to "get to know the bible better" and study a bible that they thought was inspired, inerrant, sufficient, effications, historical and trustworthy (although few arrive knowing the theological terminology). Many of my friends and collegues left believing none of those things and many of them aren't involved in Christianity much, if at all, anymore.
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Very informative. In depth commentary and penetrating analysis of theological views on inerrancy of the Scriptures.
Exposes the hypocracy of those who claim Scriptual Inerrancy but hold much of the Gospel narrative in question!
F. David Farrnell's powerfull rebuttal of the hypocritical view highlights the book. John Maxwell
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This book shows you the dangers found in much of evangelical scholarship regarding critical study of the gospels. It is an invaluable tool for anyone who wishes to understand how to approach a study of the gospels without compromising the integrity of the texts.
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