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The Jesus Crisis Paperback – September 25, 1998
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About the Author
F. David Farnell is Associate Professor of New Testament at The Master's Seminary.
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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.
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.Read more ›
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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Good summary and back up Bibliography. It clearly demonstrates that the real crisis in preaching today lies inthe area of Hermeneutics.Published on December 18, 2013 by Al Oliver
While an original approach on the Gospels, The Jesus Crisis uses a acholar voting system to somehow be more confident that the 'Gospel' of Thomas as containing more of Jesus'... Read morePublished on March 22, 2013 by F. J. Freeman