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The Myth Of Nazareth: The Invented Town Of Jesus Paperback – March 10, 2008
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The theme is not an easy one because of the consequences. If Nazareth didn't exist at Jesus time, then where he came from, and, more interestingly, why do the evangelists mention the town in the Gospels?
The book is divided basically in two halves: the first one is the analysis in itself, and the second one is the catalog of sources and additional information for the reader. The interesting part for the common reader is the first one. Here, Salm gives us the data, the analysis and the conclusions he draws from them. In this field, Salm is very convincing without recurring to traps or twisted interpretations to get to the point.
This is not the first time that a very small (actually very small) collection of handicraft remains gives raise to an entire city with buildings and streets and temples and so on and on. I know archaeology is a highly developed science, but what we learn in this book is a very different thing: science guided by faith rather than truth. As long as you read the book you begin to think about that and after reviewing some definitions in parallel even from Wikipedia you discover that the author is not a radical one (or an outsider) but someone who just put the topic at issue. Nothing else.
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Clear, nice explanations of the various wars and invasions at this time. Objective criticisms of the ideological biases from the previous archeologists. Well referenced.
Without preciousness, without the emotion of some recent anti-religion books and without fear, the book incidentally shows that belief is anathema to the spiritual dimensions of religion, yet is the very essence of the religion of the ignorant. I suspect that these latter forces will crucify the work with the usual dogma-based arguments that we too often leave unchallenged. Nevertheless I predict that the work will persist on the shelves of those who strive to understand their spirits - for those in the Christian tradition, this means those who strive to know Jesus, for they know it matters little whether he was a Jew or blond or was born in Nazareth. But it matters if their church is pushing an invented (not an inherited tribal story) myth as fact.
This is a scholarly work in a field dominated by scholars employed by church-related bodies. For this reason it is unique as its scholarship is of a higher order than that of those it criticizes. And potential readers should be aware that Salm's the criticism is kind - regardless of the obnoxious comments of another reviewer whom I suspect has not read the book at all. The reader is led into gentle questions such as `why would the church chose to present the data that way?' and `how could an archaeologist make such a simple mistake?' Of course we learn more with time in all such fields but the book allows for this and softly leads us to consider the remaining questions.Read more ›
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Recent archaeological discoveries have been in conflict with the thesis of this book: NY Post "Israel dig finds Jesus’ home for the holidays"
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Now here's a fascinating book. It proves that Nazareth did not exist in the first century CE, and puts the New Testament in the fairy tale category.Published 18 months ago by Cornelius
I am an archaeologist whose speciality is the Syro-Palestinian region only a little earlier (Iron Age). Read morePublished on December 7, 2010 by Ohio Digger
Rene Salm certainly has done a lot of homework on the archaeological work at Nazareth. He is a devoted researcher. He has an excellent summary of the history of the Galilee. Read morePublished on April 14, 2010 by J. F Joyner