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The Birth of Christianity: Discovering What Happened in the Years Immediately after the Execution of Jesus

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 22, 2002

    Makes you think

    As usual Crossan reaches into his bag of tricks and over investigates the faith in order to fill up yet another book. I enjoy his writing, and buy everything he puts out (God help me!) but I agree with only about half of what he writes. I think we both agree at this time that there WAS a Jesus, but we separate shortly thereafter. Still he is a master theologean and you should investigate his works and ideas if you want a well rounded view of the early years of Christianity.

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 29, 2012

    Liberal 'scholarship'

    J. D. Crossan is a fairly well-known "liberal 'scholar'" who will undoubtedly have a lot to answer for his efforts to deconstruct the bible unless he repents. Reading one of his books and believing that you are reading a good book is comparable to reading one of the worst tabloids and believing that you are reading a magazine such as Scientific American. DO NOT waste time reading any of his material. Reading his material could be detrimental to the un-learned and inexperienced.

    2 out of 15 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 12, 2002

    Loved the Jack Hamilton - Tony Conigliaro reference

    First Crossan is brilliant. He is also a Christian and his approach is ultimately from the Christian perspective regardless of James Carroll ("Constantine's Sword") relying on him extensively to make the point that the New Testament was edited prior to Nicaea to put the onus on the Jews instead of the Romans for the crucifixion of Jesus. But lets get to Jack Hamilton. Crossan refers to a NY Times interview of Hamilton many years after the 1967 beaning of Tony C in which Jack iterates several inaccuracies relating to the event (day vs night game...). Crossan pointed out that Hamilton's motivation (denied by JH) may have been exoneration of malice. But Crossan's conclusion: "Conigliaro's injury and his (JH's) own innocence fused not just to recollect the event accurately(!) but to reproduce the event appropriately". But Hamilton did no such thing. His inaccuracies betrayed his motivation eg to establish innocence. Crossan managed to make a damning case that Hamilton very likely did have "malice" by virtue of the (c pp 61) CLEAR "distinction in Hamilton's memory between correct and false details". The one fact that Crossan did not know was that the Conigliaro beaning was one of a series of incidents in a beanball war that went back at least to 1965 when Radatz nearly killed Buck Rogers and was going strong in the 70s when it finally petered out. My conclusion. If you have an agenda like Crossan has (one I approve of) to make the message of Jesus paramount over the literal historicity of the gospel accounts then you are very much liable to come to some debatable conclusions. Then in addition if you ignore the other side - meaning the Jewish writers like Eisenamnn "James the Brother of Jesus" and Norman Golb - you will miss critical issues such as the Herodian faction vs the Zealot faction and in the case of Golb the point that there never was enough evidence to support the conclusion that the library at Qumran was an Essene library vs a place where cross sectional writings were stored to escape the 70 AD Roman pillage. Another writer who's works make an interesting backdrop to the entire Jesus issue is Barbara Thiering. Unfortunately her conclusions are simply too radical and thus are simply not debated in the mainstream (heck Golb thinks Eisenman is radical). The best idea that Thiering has propounded from her analysis of the Dead Sea pesher vis a vis the New Testament is the simple 20th century adage "follow the money".

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 5, 2013

    thoughtful many disciplined book

    Crossan does a masterful blending of history, anthropology and archaeology. pre-suppositions are always a determining factor when one mixes theology with any other discipline.

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