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Reinventing Jesus: How Contemporary Skeptics Miss the Real Jesus and Mislead Popular Culture

Reinventing Jesus: How Contemporary Skeptics Miss the Real Jesus and Mislead Popular Culture


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Reinventing Jesus cuts through the rhetoric of extreme doubt to reveal the profound credibility of historic Christianity. Meticulously researched yet eminently readable, this book invites a wide audience to take a firsthand look at the primary evidence for Christianity's origins.

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ISBN-13: 9780825429828
Publisher: Kregel Publications
Publication date: 05/28/2006
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 755,067
Product dimensions: 8.40(w) x 5.50(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

J. Ed Komoszewski (Th.M., Dallas Theological Seminary) is founder and director of Christus Nexus and has taught biblical and theological studies at Northwestern College and served as the director of research for Josh McDowell Ministry.

M. James Sawyer (Ph.D., Dallas Theological Seminary) serves as professor of theology and church history at Western Seminary. He is the author of Taxonomic Charts of Theology and Biblical Studies and The Survivor's Guide to Theology.

Daniel B. Wallace (PhD, Dallas Theological Seminary) is professor of New Testament studies at Dallas Theological Seminary, director of the Center for the Study of New
Testament Manuscripts, and senior New Testament editor of the NET

Bible. He has written Greek Grammar Beyond the Basics: An Exegetical Syntax of the New Testament.

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Reinventing Jesus: How Contemporary Skeptics Miss the Real Jesus and Mislead Popular Culture 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
M_L_Gooch_SPHR More than 1 year ago
This book was a gift from my son. It is an excellent book written in a very readable style. My only negative critique is the subtitle connection to the DaVinci Code. While the DaVinci Code was addressed, I felt that most of the book focused on other anti-Christian books, Christian books on the far left and the Jesus Seminar. I suppose it was a marketing ruse and it really doesn't matter except it irks me a bit when I see this. This book is a carefully laid-out discussion on the trustworthiness of Scripture. It covers such issues as: * Oral tradition * Criteria of authenticity * Issues tied to textual criticism * The canon * Issues tied to myth * The early texts on Jesus' deity Prior to this book, I had read several works by Erhman including Jesus, Interrupted: Revealing the Hidden Contradictions in the Bible (And Why We Don't Know About Them) and Misquoting Jesus: The Story Behind Who Changed the Bible and Why (Plus) (I enjoyed the reading if not the conclusion) . I have also read the works by Baigent and the spate of atheist authors such as Dawkins, Hitchens and Shermer. Reinventing Jesus does a fair job of putting all of these in their place. That is, offering evidence that the Bible can be trusted and evidence that would make most intelligent atheists think about their stance. However, I am sure this will not happen. It is definitely a book for the average person to learn why we can have confidence in the New Testament today. Using logic and interpretative tools it addresses each topic without ridiculing those that take a different view. In this age of "snippy remarks", outrage and poor manners, I really appreciate this approach. I recommend this book without reservation. Michael L. Gooch Author of Wingtips with Spurs
james.garriss on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is an excellent defense of the historical accuracy of Jesus as portrayed in the Bible. The authors trace problematic issues that might cause us to have an inaccurate account, such as: How do we know the Gospel writers got it right? Which books were supposed to be in the New Testament? Didn't Christianity rip off other mythical gods? This is a well done apologetic, a good read for every Christian. BTW, as the title might be a bit misleading, the subtitle should be mentioned: How contemporary skeptics miss the real Jesus and mislead popular culture.
Layman on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
In some ways the title is unfortunate, because Reinventing Jesus is so much more than another response to The Da Vinci Code (as good as some of those are). What this book provides is excellent scholarship on a number of issues that have been inadequately addressed, if addressed at all, by traditional apologists. The authors have actually lowered themselves to address arguments and theories that academics rarely encounter in scholarly circles. As noted in Reinventing Jesus, much of said sludge has flowed forth as a result of -- in the author's words -- "ready access to unfiltered information via the Internet and the influential power of this medium. The result is junk food for the mind--a pseudointellectual meal that is as easy to swallow as it is devoid of substance." Id. at 221-22. In response, Reinventing Jesus provides rebuttals to arguments propounded by the likes of Internet Infidels, Robert M. Price, and even, yes, Earl Doherty (though not yet his Jesus Myth stuff).In my opinion, the best part of the book is a superb discussion of the textual transmission of the New Testament. There is the usual stuff we see from apologists like Josh McDowell about the wealth of manuscript evidence comparative to other ancient writings, but there is a lot more. Reinventing Jesus breaks down the information into greater detail, explaining the manuscript evidence more deeply, the nature of the disagreements in the traditions, the types of traditions and their origins. The result is a powerful case for accuracy of our modern translations. All this is written for the layperson, but the authors apparently believe that the layperson can handle a lot more (intellectually and spiritually) than is typically assumed. This targeting of the well-informed layperson is a hallmark of the entire book, resulting in more information and deeper analysis than the typical apologetic provides.The discussion of the origins of the NT Canon is also excellent, once again giving layreaders more information than they may be expecting. Reinventing Jesus goes through the criteria by which the books of the NT were chosen and is candid about which books were quickly accepted as well as those which where not. The authors also discuss those who made the decisions and when the decisions were made. Special attention is given to the last books to be accepted. In this section, as well as throughout the book, the authors attempt to come up with examples and metaphors from sports, work, pop culture, or everyday life. Most of these examples are well made and a feature employed throughout the book.Another very effective set of chapters addresses what the authors call "Parallelomania." Here the authors take on an argument that even many of the online-skeptics have abandoned; namely that Christianity was merely a myth based on pre-existing pagan myths. It is good that they do such an excellent job of debunking all of the supposed "parallels" because too many of the underinformed on the internet are still being taken in. Reinventing Jesus is successful in showing that the core doctrines of Christianity originated out of Judaism and the events in the life of Jesus and his apostles. The supposed "parallels" between Christianity and the pagan religions are either based on word games (describing very different beliefs as if they were the same), misunderstandings of the evidence, are the result of pagan copying of the more successful Christian belief system, or are the result of some Christian copying of pagan beliefs in the third and fourth centuries (after the core NT beliefs were already well-established). There are several online responses to parallelomania, but this chapter exceeds most of them in its breadth, depth, and readability.The chapter on the Council of Nicea is quite good. There are also chapters about the accuracy of the NT, oral tradition, and authorship of NT documents that are solid discussions, though not the best available. Still, they add to the value of the book a