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Books Every Christian Should Read

David Muscato
The list author says: "If you're a Christian, you deserve to know the scholarly consensus about who Jesus really was, how Christianity started, how modern Christians came to believe what they believe, and what real historical sources have to say about Jesus. It's sad, but many Christians (if not most) have never actually read the Bible. Very few understand the power that translators have, whether intentional or unintentional, in twisting the meanings of words and actions, especially across cultures, not to mention across generations. If you don't read Koine Greek and classical Hebrew, listen to those who do; listen to what they have to say about what we really know about the earliest manuscripts of Christianity.

Did you know there are many, many books that did not "make it" into the Bible? That the concept of original sin, which Jesus allegedly died in order to redeem us sinners, was not invented until the 2nd century? That the gospels of Mark, Matthew, Luke, and John were not, in fact, written by Mark, Matthew, Luke, and John? That the earliest gospel, Mark, was written no less than 40 years after Jesus died, by people who didn't speak Jesus's native language, were from a different part of the Middle East, and had very little knowledge of Jewish customs and culture - and had never met Jesus, let alone were in a position to quote him verbatim?

This is common knowledge among New Testament scholars, yet for various reasons, pastors (those who actually study real Bible history in the first place) choose not to share this information with their congregations. Think twice before believing what your pastor tells you. Real Bible scholars know that the Bible wasn't written by eye-witnesses and is not a historically-credible set of documents.

Don't believe just because your parents or pastor told you it's true. Read about what the experts have uncovered and THEN make up your own mind. This list will get you started."
Jesus, Interrupted: Revealing the Hidden Contradictions in the Bible (And Why We Don't Know About Them)
Jesus, Interrupted: Revealing the Hidden Contradictions in the Bible (And Why We Don't Know About Them)
Misquoting Jesus: The Story Behind Who Changed the Bible and Why
Misquoting Jesus: The Story Behind Who Changed the Bible and Why
Lost Christianities: The Battles for Scripture and the Faiths We Never Knew
Lost Christianities: The Battles for Scripture and the Faiths We Never Knew
Jesus (Past Masters)
Jesus (Past Masters)
Life in Year One: What the World Was Like in First-Century Palestine
Life in Year One: What the World Was Like in First-Century Palestine
Jesus: Apocalyptic Prophet of the New Millennium
Jesus: Apocalyptic Prophet of the New Millennium