Cynic Sage or Son of God?: Recovering the Real Jesus in an Age of Revisionist Replies

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Not since David Strauss' Life of Jesus shook European Christianity to its foundations in the nineteenth century has any scholarly discussion of the historical Jesus made the impact on a popular level that the Jesus Seminar is presently making in America. Popular magazines have provided a remarkable amount of space for the Jesus Seminar, including Time and Newsweek which made their work cover stories. At the forefront of the movement lies the work of John Dominic Crossan and Burton L. Mack, who have popularized ...

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Overview

Not since David Strauss' Life of Jesus shook European Christianity to its foundations in the nineteenth century has any scholarly discussion of the historical Jesus made the impact on a popular level that the Jesus Seminar is presently making in America. Popular magazines have provided a remarkable amount of space for the Jesus Seminar, including Time and Newsweek which made their work cover stories. At the forefront of the movement lies the work of John Dominic Crossan and Burton L. Mack, who have popularized the "Jesus as Cynic sage" view. The growing popularity of this new paradigm should be of significant concern for all who hold to the historic Christian faith. To date, however, no thorough evangelical response has been provided to these revisionist views of the historical Jesus. This book is written to fill this void. It provides a serious critique of the Cynic thesis, accessible to laypeople and of interest to thoughtful observers. With interest in the "quest for the historical Jesus" continuing anew, Boyd's Cynic Sage or Son of God? provides an orthodox defense of the biblical Jesus.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781608999538
  • Publisher: Wipf & Stock Publishers
  • Publication date: 10/1/2010
  • Pages: 416

Meet the Author

Gregory A. Boyd (Yale University Divinity School; PhD, Princeton Theological Seminary) is the Senior Pastor of Woodland Hills Church in Maplewood, Minnesota and President of Christus Victor Ministries (www.gregboyd.org). He has authored and co-authored twenty books, including The Myth of a Christian Nation and The Jesus Legend (with Paul Eddy).

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Table of Contents

Preface 7

Introduction: The Challenge of the Cynic-Sage Thesis 9

Part 1 Jesus the Cynic Sage

Section 1 The Background to the Cynic Thesis

1 The Search for an "Alternative" Jesus: An Overview of the Quest for the Historical Jesus 19

2 A Scholarly House Divided against Itself: An Overview of the Contemporary Quest 46

Section 2 The Case for the Cynic Thesis

3 Jesus, the Revolutionary Jewish Cynic: The Work of John Dominic Crossan 71

4 Jesus, the Jewish Socrates: The Work of Burton L. Mack 88

Section 3 A Critique of the Foundations of the Cynic Thesis

5 Beginning at the Conclusion: A Critique of Post-Bultmannian Assumptions 113

6 Arguing in Circles and Grasping at Straws: A Critique of the Post-Bultmannian Use of Extra-Canonical Sources 129

7 Stretching a Thin Thread Thinner: A Critique of the Central Arguments for the Cynic Thesis 151

Part 2 Jesus the Son of God

Section 4 Paul and the Historical Jesus

8 Christ-Cult Leader or Representative Spokesman? A Critique of Mack's Portrayal of Paul 167

9 Imagined in the Mind or Rooted in History? An Investigation Concerning Paul and the Historical Jesus 188

Section 5 Mark and the Historical Jesus

10 Creative Fabrication or Reliable Report? A Critique of Crossan and Mack's View of Mark 203

11 Obscure Nobody or Apostolic Authority? An Investigation Concerning the Authorship and Date of Mark 228

Section 6 The Early Church and the Historical Jesus

12 Acts of Luke's Mind or Acts of the Apostles? An Examination of the Trustworthiness of Acts 247

13 Devoured by Beasts or Raised from the Dead? A Critique of Crossan's and Mack's Explanation for the Resurrection Faith of the Early Church 267

Endnotes 295

Bibliography 379

Author Index 409

Subject Index 411

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