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About the Author

Robert M. Price was born in Jackson, Mississippi, and moved as a child to New Jersey where he attended a fundamentalist Baptist church. He even became president of a chapter of InterVarsity Christian Fellowship and was for a time an apologist of the sort he refutes in Beyond Born Again, Deconstructing Jesus, The Incredible Shrinking Son of Man, and Jesus Is Dead. Editor of The Journal of Higher Criticism, he is also the author of The Widow Traditions in Luke-Acts, The Da Vinci Fraud, The Reason-Driven Life, and the monumental The Pre-Nicene New Testament. He holds a PhD in Systematic Theology from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary and a second PhD in New Testament from Drew University. He has served as Professor of Religion at Mount Olive College in North Carolina and is a member of the Jesus Seminar and its successor, the Jesus Project.

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  • Paperback: 279 pages
  • Publisher: American Atheist Press (April 30, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1578840007
  • ISBN-13: 978-1578840007
  • Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 0.6 x 8.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
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By Todd A. Johnson on November 9, 2007
Format: Paperback
Jesus Is Dead is the first book I've read by Dr. Price and what a joy it was. The first third of the book is my favorite in which Dr. Price states his case of the historical Jesus. The last two-thirds of the book concerns him responding to other books. I began by not being too thrilled with the subject matter pertaining to the Templars and the Talmud of Jmmanuel, but soon I was wanting more. Next the good doctor deals with fundamentalist apologetics. I am a former Cristian fundie and used to read these types of books but didn't read many opinions on the other side. I missed a lot. The truth is that I didn't like what I read. I needed my miracles, the inerrancy of scripture, the literal word of God, etc. I believed that I could study the Bible on my own and God would show me the truth. I was no Biblical scholar though. As in other subjects one should rely on the experts. Biblical scholars know their Hebrew, Aramaic and Greek, and have the time to read the latest criticism. Truth is hard to accept at times. Losing my faith was the lowest point of my life but I don't regret it. One has to be honest with the facts wherever they lead even if they are not comfortable.

I do have one problem with this book though. On page 275 he refers to the National Inquirer. That should be National Enquirer. The Inquirer is out of Philly. I learned to differ these papers after I moved to Cincy which has the Enquirer.

I have to say that Dr. Price is my new favorite Biblical scholar. He is very knowledgeable about the Bible, forms of criticism, and he is extremely well-read. Plus he has a wonderful sense of humor. I appreciate Dr. Price's honesty above all though. His Bible Geek podcasts on his website are very informative and thoroughly enjoyable. I look forward to reading his other books.
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This book does a fine job of demolishing the arguments of Christian apologists. Price shows how apologists operate by getting you to buy into some very shakey assumptions - that the gospel narratives, minus the supernatural - are basically historically reliable. Then they use events and characters in the story to argue that Jesus really did rise from the dead.

However, upon closer inspection the gospel narratives are not even remotely historical accounts, and provide numerous internal clues to this effect. The apologist tactic is tantamount to proving the existence of Batman by quoting the words of Robin, the Boy Wonder.

Price takes on quite a few specific big name apologists such as N.T. Wright, William Lane Craig, Glenn Miller, and Gary Habermas. He provides slam-dunk refutations for specific arguments, with observations on the general principle behind apologetic flim-flam tactics.

If you ever have to participate in a debate, THIS ONE BOOK is THE BOOK to read.
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I'm a big fan of Dr. Price. He is extremely learned and immensely entertaining and both of those attributes are on display in this book.

The book is a collection of various pieces and book reviews that have appeared in the years prior to the book's publication. Most of the individual chapters deal with apologetic arguments and reviews of books written by apologists. Because of this there is quite a bit of repetition as apologists make the same arguments and Price offers up the same refutations.

There is also a bit of padding in the book as Price demolishes the current spate of books dealing with the Knights Templar, notably Brown's "The Da Vinci Code". The connection to mainstream apologetics is rather tenuous as neither skeptics nor apologists alike have the time of day for "Jesus survived the cross, married Mary Magdalene, moved to France, etc, etc" fantasies. Price seems to be trying to tar with the same brush, like comparing global warming deniers with holocaust deniers. I hope this was not intentional.

If you're looking for an actual book instead of a collection you're going to be slightly disappointed as I was. The pieces are all well written and well reasoned but read one after another they tend to be repetitious.

A Kindle edition of this book is on sale on the author's website. The Kindle edition is quite readable but has a number of shortcomings mostly due to the table of contents. The table does not show up in the menu, and only the chapters in the first half of the book are marked on the progress bar. The text is also not justified. Two other books are for sale in Kindle format on Price's website, "Night of the Living Savior" and "The Christ Myth Theory and its Problems". Like "Jesus is Dead", they are also collections.
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The book is actually more of a conversation type book where it feels like you are speaking with Robert M. Price by a fire place as firends. He is very very funny and seems to not care about making fun of anything. This is kind of like the real Robert M. Price in a more comfortable tone and not in a scholarly setting. He makes jokes about the beliefs of some of the Christians like William Lane Craig, and Gary Habermas, but he is fair to the joking, since he does make fun of his comrade in the Jesus Seminar, John Dominic Crossan too. He of course has beef with William Lane Craig, Gary Habermas, and other writers and even devotes chapters to these guys individually just so he can give them a beating a la Robert Price so this book should be taken with a bit of caution and an open mind.

With this in mind, anyone who wants to read some funny criticisms of New Testament scholarship, and for that matter funny criticisms about general history that includes Roman, Greek and of course modern; then go ahead and check this book out. If you go to Robert M. Price's website you can get an autographed copy of the book for $20 flat with Shipping included. I believe another reviewer mentioned that.

I actually agree with many of his points, but I don't reach his conclusions. I for one think that there really was a Jesus and that he did do quite a few things described in the gospels and that the gospels are not that unreliable as the thinks. But he's open minded and comical. That's good to know.

Here's some stuff he touches upon: The resurrection of Jesus, empty tomb, his theory that Jesus may have been John the Baptist, and critiques of Dan Brown and company and their wacky ideas, N.T. Wright, William Lane Craig, Johnathan Smith, Gregory Riley, A.J.M.
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