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Dethroning Jesus: Exposing Popular Culture's Quest to Unseat the Biblical Christ

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  • Posted June 28, 2009

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    The Quest Continues...

    The Quest Continues..., June 28, 2009
    By Michael Gooch "Author of Wingtips with Spurs:... (Texas, USA) - See all my reviews

    As a firm believer but also someone who likes to engage in critical thinking, I have really enjoyed the past few years. There has been resurgence in these old arguments and I certainly like to participate from afar. I received this book as a Father's Day gift from my son.

    This book challenges the claims of the recent work of many authors. In particular, it focuses on the claims of Bart Ehrman and James Tabor. Ehrman chairs the department of religious studies at the University of North Caroline at Chapel Hill. He is widely considered the top authority on the history of the New Testament, the early church and the life of Jesus. His recent books - Misquoting Jesus: The Story Behind Who Changed the Bible and Why (Plus) and Jesus, Interrupted: Revealing the Hidden Contradictions in the Bible (And Why We Don't Know About Them) has been largely responsible for the rise of apologetics defending the changes in the Bible and /or why the changes were made.

    Overall, this book focuses on six (6) main themes.

    * The NT has been corrupted by copyist.
    * The secret Gnostic Gospels
    * The Gospel of Thomas
    * Jesus' message was political and social
    * Paul thwarted the original movement from Jewish to Gentiles.
    * The physical resurrection of Jesus.

    I fully understand the arguments made by Wallace and Bock. However I believe they have a rough row to row when they attempt to dispel the finding by Ehrman in his book,The Orthodox Corruption of Scripture: The Effect of Early Christological Controversies on the Text of the New Testament In addition, I took from the reading that they downplayed the Gnostic texts a bit too much. As noted in an earlier study, a large part of the latest archeological finds are Gnostic which tends to support the belief that Gnostic belief was very widespread in its time. This was not mentioned in this book.

    I found it an extremely interesting argument and really appreciate the intellectual heavy lifting performed by the authors. I did subtract one star from this review due to poor editing. Thomas Nelson Publishing should have been more cautious in their assignment of editors. I found the writing rather difficult to read at times. Editing 101 would have fixed this problem.

    I hope you find this review helpful.

    Michael L. Gooch

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