Jesus: One Hundred Years Before Christ

Jesus: One Hundred Years Before Christ

by Alvar Ellegard


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Jesus: One Hundred Years Before Christ by Alvar Ellegard

It is commonly believed that the story of Jesus as told in the Gospels contains elements of fiction and myth, but in this ground-breaking and controversial book, Alvar Ellegard argues that even those ideas agreed to be the basic facts about the life of Jesus are fictional: Jesus was not born in the time of Augustus Caesar (27B.C. - 14A.D.). He was not baptized by John. He was not sentenced to death by Pilate. And he never roamed Palestine as a wandering preacher and miracle worker. In fact, none of Jesus' supposed contemporaries ever saw him in the flesh but only through visions, as the Christ raised by God to heaven.

This closely researched and argued study takes the reader through the earliest Christian writings, including Paul's Letters and various other biblical and non-biblical texts, and presents the provocative argument that not one of these writers had ever met Jesus or refer to anyone who had. Indeed, Ellegard postulates, even the earliest Christians describe Jesus as a great Jewish prophet and teacher, who had already become a figure of mythology-not a contemporary crucified before their eyes, but a historical figure, on a par with the Old Testament prophets. Readers will surely be fascinated by this purely historical, non-theological approach to Christianity's origins.

"Deserves a serious look not just for its ingenuity but also for the questions it raises." (The Cleveland Plain Dealer)

"The reading is close, full of references in the main text as well as in endnotes...anyone interested in the argument will easily grasp and just as easily devour it." (Booklist)

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781585672523
Publisher: Overlook Press, The
Publication date: 04/28/2002
Edition description: Reissue
Pages: 322
Product dimensions: 5.98(w) x 9.06(h) x 0.96(d)

About the Author

Until recently Alvar Ellegard was Dean of the Faculty of Arts at the University of Goteburg. In addition to books and articles concerning language and linguistics, Ellegard has written extensively in the international scholarly press on historical and anthropological themes, as well as on the history of ideas.

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