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Who Chose the Gospels?: Probing the Great Gospel Conspiracy
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In chapter 1, Dr. Hill addresses the Ehrman argument that there was no orthodoxy before the 4th century. It was not until a majority of bishops got together, Ehrman argues, who were able to squeeze out a victory against the opposing side that there was anything "orthodox." Before that point, you only had equally valid competing views - and Gospels. But after the orthodox victory, the winners silenced the minority and destroyed their books. However, Hill cites numerous evidence from the excavation site in Egypt (the home of early Christian heterodoxy, orthodoxy being in the minority) called Oxyrhynchus (the place of a massive garbage heap) where there have been over 500,000 bits and pieces of manuscripts, the majority of which are from three of the four Gospels and date to the second century. Hill finds it interesting - and odd - that "orthodox" manuscripts would be found in a garbage dump if it were actually the orthodox groups that were covering up the "heterodox" documents in some grand conspiracy (p. 23). Kinda puts the kibosh on the Dan Brown conspiracy theories of the sneering, mean, ignorant Bishops who hid truth for the sake of building up their own power and influence!
Chapter 2 is nothing less than brilliant.Read more ›
Wow. What a contrast. Ehrman makes errors in facts, wildly overstates his case, refuses to acknowledge alternative arguments, and constantly makes snide comments about Christians. His book was the single worst book I have ever read in my life from someone who is supposed to be a scholar.
It was such a relief to to turn to Hill's book. Hill is always fair. He always mentions the opposing arguments. And he is blissfully logical in comparison to Ehrman.
Hill also rightly corrects Pagels' false claim about Irenaeus ordering books destroyed. (p 59) and points out how much impact Gnostic and other false gospels had on early Christian writings. That is: none. Unless you count the condemnations.
But most ignored them utterly. Clement, for example expressed "complete lack of interest in these gospels" (p 72) and never mentioned one of them. Even though "some today like to promote as the main popular rivals: (p 72) of the Gospels themselves, where is the evidence? \
Furthermore, the gloomy ravings of the anti-woman, anti-flesh Gnostics are about as interesting and appealing as mud.
It was also such a contrast to have Hill repeat. which many others have done, what a difference in the number of actual gospel fragments we have found in comparison to the number of Gnostic writings dating to the second century and later. The canonical Gospels still outnumber non-canonical ones by about three to one" (p 21),
I also have to comment on his chapter titles because they are humorous and show the style of Hill's writings. One chapter is titled "The Search for an Arch-Conspirator".Read more ›
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Best book I have read on the subject. Academic, yet readable and insightful.Published 3 days ago by Sarah Pramanik
Buy this book and cut through the hype of current cultural undermining of the formation of the four gospel inclusion in the New Testament canon. Read morePublished 15 months ago by John
Have you read or seen the Da Vinci Code?
Then let this book lovingly blow that nonsense out of the water for you.
I like the way the author lays out his arguments, easy to comprehend and well documented in his footnotes.Published 18 months ago by Thomas Lord
I got tied of people believing fiction books like The Da Vinci Code were true. This book explores the historical data on the selection of the 4 gospels and dispels the "vast... Read morePublished 20 months ago by MJW
very repetitive. The title says Who chose the gospels. It give syou names abut it tells you very little who these people were.Published 21 months ago by dr.Love.MB
Great book presenting the evidence for a four gospel canon of the Biblie since the early second century. Read morePublished 24 months ago by Karl Sauter
The author presents an overwhelming case the 4 Gospels were in place and widely accepted by last 1st century CE. I had expected they were not as settled till the 4th Century. Read morePublished on May 4, 2014 by John A Miner