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Reinventing Jesus Paperback – May 9, 2006
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"Reinventing Jesus cuts through the rhetoric of extreme doubt to reveal the profound credibility of historic Christianity. Meticulously researched yet eminently readable, this book invites a wide audience to take a first-hand look at the primary evidence for Christianity's origins. Reinventing Jesus shows believers that it's okay to think hard about Christianity, and shows hard thinkers that it's okay to believe. . . .While there are other books being written to defend the historical Jesus of the New Testament, and the authenticity and trustworthiness of the New Testament writings, Reinventing Jesus is one of the better ones read by this reviewer. The authors cover such a breath of material that it is hard to find one of similar value in terms of thoroughness and argumentation. I highly recommend this work." (Ray Hammond ChristianBookPreviews.com 2006-08-01)
"I have bought all the Da Vinci Code books and I feel this book is by far the best one out there. Reinventing Jesus transcends The Da Vinci Code stuff and is more a book on the origin of the New Testament for the most part. It is definitely a book for the average person to learn about how oral tradition and a memorizing culture was behind how things were written back then, all about textual criticism and why we can have confidence in the New Testament today. How books were selected etc. I can say there that it is one of the best books I have ever read that goes into the apologetics of the Bible and I hope that the Da Vinci Code tie in, doesn't give a short shelf life to this book, as it really is a book that is like taking a class on the origin and trustworthiness of the Bible, not The Da Vinci Code." (Dan Kimball Vintage_Faith.com 2006-07-01)
"An excellent book. A readable book. A perennial book with unfortunately, a seasonal title. It deserves to be bought and read and stored and studied ó with or without its current connection to DaVinci Code and The Jesus Seminar. The book is an easy reading account of why and how we have the New Testament." (Doug Pagitt tallskinnykiwi.typepad.com 2006-07-01)
"For years now I've been lamenting the sad state of published apologetics, as it seemed that there was far more interest in getting out insipid eschatological novels than in offering defenses of the faith rooted in sound scholarship. I was glad when Lee Strobel's works finally jimmied that door some, and when Licona and Habermas cracked it further open with The Resurrection of Jesus; and now, this trio has blown the door off its hinges and sent it flying into the atmosphere. I'll put it bluntly: Buy this book. If you're tired of the Christian publishing industry putting out the intellectual equivalent of Hostess Ding Dongs in defense of the faith, you NEED to make this book a success, because otherwise, they won't get the message and we'll get more Ding Dongs instead of more roast beef." (J. P. Holding Tektonics Book Reviews 2006-04-01)
"Reinventing Jesus cuts through the rhetoric of extreme doubt to reveal the profound credibility of historic Christianity. Meticulously researched yet eminently readable, this book invites a wide audience to take a firsthand look at the primary evidence for Christianity's origins. Reinventing Jesus shows believers that it's okay to think hard about Christianity, and shows hard thinkers that it's okay to beli --1
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In my opinion, the best part of the book is a superb discussion of the textual transmission of the New Testament. There is the usual stuff we see from apologists like Josh McDowell about the wealth of manuscript evidence comparative to other ancient writings, but there is a lot more. Reinventing Jesus breaks down the information into greater detail, explaining the manuscript evidence more deeply, the nature of the disagreements in the traditions, the types of traditions and their origins. The result is a powerful case for accuracy of our modern translations. All this is written for the layperson, but the authors apparently believe that the layperson can handle a lot more (intellectually and spiritually) than is typically assumed.Read more ›
Reinventing Jesus is divided into five parts consisting of 18 chapters together. Part one deals with whether or not the first Gospel writers were able to get the story right. Part two is an analysis of the transmission of the Gospels seeking to show that what we have now is incredibly close to what was originally written. The canon of the New Testament is tackled in part three, where explanations are given for why some were included in the Bible and others weren't. With the reliability of the scriptures established, part four goes on to look at what the New Testament says about Jesus. Finally, in part five, Christianity is defended against accusations that it borrowed from pagan mythology.
Throughout the book, the authors interact with the claims of The Da Vinci Code and other more scholarly works that question the historicity of the Bible, but the central focus is more about a positive case for Christianity than a defensive one. At the end of the book are subject and Scripture indexes, as well as a thorough recommended reading list according to each part of the book.
Of the works that deal with claims like those in The Da Vinci Code, Reinventing Jesus is one of the more scholarly.Read more ›
From the subtitle ("What _The Da Vinci Code_ and Other Novel Speculations Don't Tell You") RJ might appear at a glance as another full-scale critique of Dan Brown's novel. It isn't really, nor should it be. There are plenty of good critiques already in print, which are devoted to _The Da Vinci Code_. Darrell Bock's _Breaking the Da Vinci Code_ (2004, Nelson Books) and Bart Ehrman's _Truth and Fiction in The Da Vinci Code_ (2004, Oxford University Press) are sufficient to this end. RJ, on the other hand, seeks to take more of a general approach to the issues raised in novels like Dan Brown's. Yes, some of Dan Brown's claims are recognized, but he is by no means the sole target. Bart Ehrman (of _Misquoting Jesus_ (2005, HarperSanFrancisco) fame) and Robert Funk (founder of the infamous Jesus Seminar), for example, are cited with some frequency, not to mention several others.
Even the main title of RJ requires perhaps a brief explanation. Several weeks ago on a theological webboard, I mentioned that RJ was available for purchase to which someone replied, "Does `reinventing' mean that Jesus was invented in the first place?" No, that's not what the title implies; quite the opposite.Read more ›
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New Testament Textual Criticism should actually ENCOURAGE and strengthen your Christian faith. This book clearly, and concisely demonstrates the reasons why. Read morePublished 3 months ago by prism
Very thorough book aimed at equipping Christians to evaluate attacks on the historicity and trustworthiness of the Bible.Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
This book sorts through the variations in hand-copied manuscripts of the Greek New Testament to describe how the original words are identified. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Beth Wilson
Fantastic little book that goes over textual criticism and how the bible was put together.Published 6 months ago by Danny
This was one of the best, most satisfying books I've read in quite some time. It wasn't a spiritual book by any means but it fed my mind and interested me like few other... Read morePublished 7 months ago by M. Kell
Like: clear outline of key issues followed by drilling down to just the right amount of details.
On the subject of Christianity and ancient mystics, perhaps the first part of... Read more