By George Albert Wells
Does the hot testomony tale of Jesus comprise any parts of ancient fact, or is it natural legend? Professor G.A. Wells is the main modern exponent of the only mythical, or "mythicist" view. within the Jesus fantasy he offers an up to date, radical, and well-reasoned argument, drawing upon his definite snatch of the wide-ranging evidence.
Wells contends that the money owed of Jesus within the 4 canonical gospels not just contradict one another, yet also are now not in concord with the earliest Christian records, which by no means current Jesus as an itinerant preacher, a performer of miracles, born of a virgin, linked to Nazareth, or carried out less than Pilate.
The gospels have been composed after A.D. 70 by way of unknown people who couldn't were eye-witnesses to the occasions they describe. all of the earliest non-Christian testimony, pagan and Jewish, depends upon Christian bills. The usually voiced idea that there's self sustaining corroboration of the lifetime of Jesus from "Roman files" or in different places is wishful thinking.
The Jesus fantasy, which follows Professor Wells's prior, hugely acclaimed paintings, The Jesus Legend (see web page 15), features a new research of the historicity of the gospel miracles, an in depth examine the earliest non-Christian testimony to the lifestyles of Jesus, and a provocative dialogue of the recent testomony Jesus as a moral consultant. there's additionally an afterword through the prestigious Christian pupil Roderick Tyler, whose criticisms of Professor Wells's arguments resulted in the hot presentation within the Jesus Myth.
From Publishers Weekly
Is the hot testomony tale of Jesus historical past or natural legend? in actual fact looking to impress controversy, Wells (The Jesus Legend: what is in a Name?) contends that the bills of Jesus within the canonical Gospels contradict not just each other but additionally the earliest Christian records, which by no means current Jesus as an itinerant preacher, a miracle employee, born of a virgin or finished below Pilate. Combining literary feedback, textual feedback and old feedback, Wells examines the facts approximately Jesus by way of probing the Gospels and autonomous tales of Jesus's lifestyles from the 1st century A.D. resembling the Gospel of Thomas and Q. the writer additionally examines the letters of Paul and contends that Paul bases his portrait of Jesus at the Jewish determine of knowledge, who sought attractiveness in the world yet was once rejected and back to heaven. In a close and convincing model, Wells argues that the Gospel tales of Jesus are myths composed to fulfill the spiritual longings of the Gospel writers' audiences.
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"In THE JESUS delusion, the newest in G.A. Wells's sequence of eagle-eyed scrutinies of the Gospels and of latest New testomony scholarship, the writer once more takes the function of the Diogenes of the theologians. Charitable but unflinching, Well's research forces one to the inevitable end that the apologists for the historic Jesus are much less researchers than spin-doctors, apparatchniks for an ecclesiastical Politburo. His fresh highbrow honesty is witnessed by way of the truth that his personal perspectives are amenable to evolution and revision." -- Robert M. expense, Editor, The magazine of upper Criticism
This is a publication for believers and unbelievers alike, in truth, for a person who's a significant scholar of the bible or of the Christian religion. [Wells's] desire is that his readers will come to an educated opinion concerning the old reliability of the hot testomony, its writers and the lifetime of its valuable personality, Jesus. -- self sustaining writer, 4/15/99