The Lost Way: How Two Forgotten Gospels Are Rewriting the Story of Christian Origins

The Lost Way: How Two Forgotten Gospels Are Rewriting the Story of Christian Origins

by Stephen J. Patterson

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The Lost Way: How Two Forgotten Gospels Are Rewriting the Story of Christian Origins by Stephen J. Patterson

In this rigorously researched and thoughtful study, a leading Jesus Seminar scholar reveals the dramatic story behind the modern discovery of the earliest gospels, accounts that do not portray Jesus exclusively as a martyr but recover a lost ancient Christian tradition centered on Jesus as a teacher of wisdom.

The church has long advocated the Pauline view of Jesus as deity and martyr, emphasizing his death and resurrection. But another tradition also thrived from Christianity’s beginnings, one that portrayed Jesus as a teacher of wisdom. In The Lost Way, Stephen Patterson, a leading New Testament scholar and former head of the Jesus Seminar, explores this lost ancient tradition and its significance to the faith.

Patterson explains how scholars have uncovered a Gospel that preceded at least three of those in the Bible, which is called Q. He painstakingly demonstrates how historical evidence points to the existence of this common source in addition to Mark—recognized as the earliest Gospel—that both Matthew and Luke used to write their accounts. Q contained a collection of Jesus’s teachings without any narrative content and without accounts of the passion, though being the earliest version shared among his first followers—scripture that embodies a very different orientation to the Christian faith.

Patterson also explores other examples of this wisdom tradition, from the discovery of the Gospel of Thomas; to the emergence of Apollos, a likely teacher of Christian wisdom; to the main authority of the church in Jerusalem, Jesus’s brother James. The Lost Way offers a profound new portrait of Jesus—one who can show us a new way to live.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062330512
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 10/28/2014
Sold by: HARPERCOLLINS
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 272
Sales rank: 734,980
File size: 750 KB

About the Author

Stephen J. Patterson, Ph.D., is George H. Atkinson Professor of Religious and Ethical Studies at Willamette University, author of Beyond the Passion: Rethinking the Death and Life of Jesus, and coauthor of The Fifth Gospel: The Gospel of Thomas Comes of Age.

Table of Contents

1 Another Gospel l

2 Discoveries 20

3 The Galilean Gospel 45

4 Q Reconstructed 84

5 Plato's Gospel 110

6 Thomas Translated 159

7 The First Gospel 185

8 The First Christians 219

9 The Lost Way 244

Acknowledgments 257

Index 259

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