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by Michael J. Wilkins

eBook Jesus Under Fire: Modern Scholarship Reinvents the Historical Jesus ePub
Author: Michael J. Wilkins
Language: English
ISBN: 0310211395
ISBN13: 978-0310211396
Publisher: Zondervan (July 17, 1996)
Pages: 254
Category: World
Subcategory: History
Rating: 4.8
Votes: 267
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Jesus Under Fire challenges the methodology and findings of the Jesus Seminar, which generally clash with the biblical records.

Jesus Under Fire challenges the methodology and findings of the Jesus Seminar, which generally clash with the biblical records. It examines the authenticity of the words, actions, miracles, and resurrection of Jesus, and presents compelling evidence for the traditional biblical teachings.

The authors of "Jesus Under Fire" present all three of these arguments, but they focus most of all on the historical arguments in favor of a literalist reading of the New Testament. What they support, though, might be called "soft literalism

The authors of "Jesus Under Fire" present all three of these arguments, but they focus most of all on the historical arguments in favor of a literalist reading of the New Testament. What they support, though, might be called "soft literalism. For instance, the article by Darrell Bock on the words of Jesus essentially argues that the authors of the Gospels accurately recorded the meaning of Jesus' words, but did not make a verbatim report of them (not least because the Gospels were written in Greek, while Jesus spoke Aramaic).

Jesus Under Fire book. Jesus Under Fire: Modern Scholarship Reinvents the Historical Jesus. 0310617006 (ISBN13: 9780310617006).

Jesus Under Fire challenges the methodology and findings of the Jesus Seminar, which generally clash with the biblical records

Jesus Under Fire challenges the methodology and findings of the Jesus Seminar, which generally clash with the biblical records. Who is Jesus? What did he do? What did he say? -Are the traditional answer to these questions still to be trusted? - Did the early church and tradition "Christianize" Jesus? - Was Christianity built on clever conceptions of the church, or on the character and actions of an actual person? These and similar questions have come under scrutiny by a forum of biblical scholars called the Jesus Seminar.

by Michael J. Wilkins & J. P. Moreland. Every block of stone has a statue inside it and it is the task of the sculptor to discover it. ― Michelangelo. Beginning English Conversation. 78 Pages·2012·835 KB·39,411 Downloads

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Moreland (Zondervan, 1995)

Moreland (Zondervan, 1995). A Plea for the Practical Application of Christian Philosophy in A Christian’s Guide to Faith and Reason by Terry Miethe (Bethany House, 1987); retitled Living Your Faith: Closing the Gap Between Mind and Heart (College Press, 1993).

University of Southern California) is professor of philosophy at Talbot School of Theology.

Who is Jesus? What did he do? What did he say? -Are the traditional answer to these questions still to be trusted? - Did the early church and tradition "Christianize" Jesus? - Was Christianity built on clever conceptions of the church, or on the character and actions of an actual person? These and similar questions have come under scrutiny by a forum of biblical scholars called the Jesus Seminar. Their conclusions have been widely publicized in magazines such as Time and Newsweek. Jesus Under Fire challenges the methodology and findings of the Jesus Seminar, which generally clash with the biblical records. It examines the authenticity of the words, actions, miracles, and resurrection of Jesus, and presents compelling evidence for the traditional biblical teachings. Combining accessibility with scholarly depth, Jesus Under Fire helps readers judge for themselves whether the Jesus of the Bible is the Jesus of history, and whether the gospels' claim is valid that he is the only way to God.

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This book presents essays by some of the finest Evangelical scholars on various topics related to the historical Jesus.
Iraraeal
An excellent reply to the the Jesus Seminar. The articles clearly make the point that the seminar, despite its popular success, does not speak for the majority of NT scholars.
Jerinovir
I love this book. Some of the best evangelical scholars do careful and calculated work to respond to the shoddy fabrication of Jesus that the Jesus Seminar seems so proud of. Having spent time reviewing the Seminar's The Five Gospels and The Complete Gospels among some of their other works, I am more convinced now that what the scholars in Jesus Under Fire have done is not only called for, but right on target.
The Seminar is inconsistent in the application of its own criteria and even more shocking to me was the lack of direct scholarly references and argumentation to document their conclusions. Their assumptions and academic credentials seem to authoritatively seal the case in their minds. These are exactly the type of weaknesses Jesus Under Fire demonstrates in the Seminar's reconstruction of Jesus. Unlike the Seminar's translation and commentary, Jesus Under Fire is detailed, well argued and extensively footnoted. Amazon provides a table of contents and other reviewers have already summarized this excellent book so I won't recover that ground.
Among my favorite articles are Bock's "Live, Jive or Memorex" which has helped me in explaining the historical nature of the Bible to some of my doubting friends. I also love Geivett's "Is Jesus The Only Way?" which provides some original thoughts on how to approach our pluralistic society with the exclusive claims of Christ. McKnight's introduction to Jesus Studies was helpful to me as I approached this arena. All of the articles are excellent.
With the increasing media coverage of the Jesus Seminar this is an important resource for biblical Christians who are thoughtful in their approach to the gospels. The Jesus Seminar may be here for a long haul, but so are the responses presented in this great book.
Ffan
great for the money
ndup
If you are going to read only one book on the "Historical Jesus", this book should be the one. This work covers the relevant topics such as the historical reliability of the Gospels, different modern views of Jesus such as a political social reformer, the veracity of the Resurrection, and my favorite chapter on the Gospels being "live, jive, or Memorex (paraphrased history, fiction, or literal verbatim history respectively).
Liberal views holding a "low-Christology" such as those presented by the Jesus Seminar are taken to task and challenged on ignoring their own criterion along with their unjustified naturalistic presuppostions.
I have read several works on the search for the historical Jesus and highly recommend this one.
lifestyle
Although primarily conceived as a reply to the research of the liberal-minded Jesus Seminar, the articles in "Jesus Under Fire" are written as more general defenses of the historical claims of traditional Christianity, so one does not need to be very familiar with the work of the Jesus Seminar to find them interesting. The general perspective of the book fits well within the viewpoint of contemporary evangelical Christian apologetics. Over the last couple of decades or so, professional apologists for traditional Christianity have been clustering around three central arguments in support of their beliefs: a re-formulation of the Cosmological Argument (the need for a First Cause to explain the origin of the universe) that accepts Big Bang cosmology; a re-vamped version of the Argument From Design that points to the supposed "fine tuning" of the universe to support human life and also favors "intelligent design" in biology; and a renewed Argument from Miracles that uses historical methodology to support the reality of Jesus' resurrection and other deeds. The authors of "Jesus Under Fire" present all three of these arguments, but they focus most of all on the historical arguments in favor of a literalist reading of the New Testament.

What they support, though, might be called "soft literalism." For instance, the article by Darrell Bock on the words of Jesus essentially argues that the authors of the Gospels accurately recorded the meaning of Jesus' words, but did not make a verbatim report of them (not least because the Gospels were written in Greek, while Jesus spoke Aramaic). At the same time, though, he simply avoids some glaring issues, such as how the Gospels writers were able to describe the dialog between Jesus and Pilate despite not being there to witness the event. William Lane Craig argues for the historical reality of Jesus' bodily resurrection, but he has to strip away and dismiss all contradictions between the Gospel accounts and stick to his version of the basic facts, which requires him to generally avoid directly quoting the New Testament scriptures and comparing them directly side by side. Despite presenting themselves as using mainstream historical methodology, the authors fail to explain how they are able to make the leap from arguing that the Gospels are "reliable" historical documents to essentially implying that everything in them is true- a claim that is beyond the capability of historical methodology and which no contemporary historian would make about, say, an account written by a Roman historian.

Despite these flaws, which may be inherent in any attempt to use historical methodology to support religious claims, the articles in "Jesus Under Fire" are generally well-written and provide "best case" scenarios for the literal truth of the New Testament. The book would be useful and interesting to read in combination with a more skeptical book like Bart Ehrman's "Jesus, Interrupted."
Wyameluna
Great purchase!
There is so much content in this tiny book. It will be helpful to anyone that wants to better articulate an intelligent argument for the cause of Christ.
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