Jesus after Two Thousand Years: What He Really Said and Did

Overview

It is widely recognized by New Testament scholars that many of the sayings and actions attributed to Jesus in the gospels cannot be factually traced to him. The gospels, written many decades after the death of Jesus, are composites of hearsay, legends, and theological interpolations, reflecting the hopes and beliefs of the early Christian community more than the actual teachings of the Galilean prophet.

Despite these difficulties, Gerd Lüdemann shows in this fascinating analysis...

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Overview

It is widely recognized by New Testament scholars that many of the sayings and actions attributed to Jesus in the gospels cannot be factually traced to him. The gospels, written many decades after the death of Jesus, are composites of hearsay, legends, and theological interpolations, reflecting the hopes and beliefs of the early Christian community more than the actual teachings of the Galilean prophet.

Despite these difficulties, Gerd Lüdemann shows in this fascinating analysis of early Christian documents that the tools of historical research can succeed in reaching at least a close approximation of some of the original words and deeds of Jesus. Unique in its comprehensiveness, Jesus After 2000 Years covers the canonical gospels, as well as the more recently discovered Gospel of Thomas and apocryphal Jesus traditions. Lüdemann concludes with a short life of Jesus in which he pieces together in narrative form what can be known about Jesus based on the historical evidence. Also included is an index of all authentic sayings and actions of Jesus. For all those with an interest in Christian origins, this volume is an invaluable resource.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781573928908
  • Publisher: Prometheus Books
  • Publication date: 5/1/2001
  • Pages: 695
  • Product dimensions: 6.47 (w) x 9.52 (h) x 2.18 (d)

Meet the Author

Gerd Lüdemann is a professor of the history and literature of early Christianity at the University of Göttingen, Germany. Professor Lüdemann's published conclusions about Christianity aroused great controversy in his native Germany, where the Confederation of Protestant Churches in Lower Saxony demanded his immediate dismissal from the theological faculty of his university. Despite this threat to his academic freedom, he has retained his post at the university, although the chair he holds was renamed to disassociate him from the training program of German pastors. Lüdemann is also the author of Jesus After 2000 Years, Paul: The Founder of Christianity, and The Resurrection of Christ: A Historical Inquiry.
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Table of Contents

Preface
Introduction: Presuppositions, Method and Interests 1
I The Gospel of Mark 7
II The Gospel of Matthew 117
III The Gospel of Luke 275
IV The Gospel of John 416
V The Gospel of Thomas 589
VI Apocryphal Jesus Traditions 646
VII A Short Life of Jesus 686
Index of All the Authentic Sayings and Actions of Jesus 694
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