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Five Gospels;Search For Authentic Words of Jesus

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In 1985, the Jesus Seminar, a group of biblical scholars, embarked on a new translation of the gospels. In pursuit of the historical Jesus, they attempted to determine the authenticity of the more than 1500 sayings attributed to him. Did...


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In 1985, the Jesus Seminar, a group of biblical scholars, embarked on a new translation of the gospels. In pursuit of the historical Jesus, they attempted to determine the authenticity of the more than 1500 sayings attributed to him. Did Jesus really give the Sermon on the Mount? Is the Lord's Prayer composed of his authentic words? This book aims to answer these questions.;Each saying attributed to Jesus is presented in a colour-coded text. Only those sayings that appear in red type are considered by the Seminar to approximate what Jesus actually said. The words in pink, in the judgment of the Seminar, less certainly originated with Jesus. Those in grey are considered not his, though the ideas they contain are close to his own. Finally, the sayings that appear in black have been ruled to be embellishments by his followers, and entirely inauthentic. According to the Seminar, no more than 20 percent of the sayings historically attributed to Jesus were actually uttered by him. This book contains commentary and notes on the text of the gospels and explores the historical and literary factors that formed the basis for the Seminar's findings.
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* Did Jesus claim to be the Messiah?^ * Did he promise to return and usher in a new age?^ * How did Jesus envision the kingdom of God?^ * Did he commission his disciples to convert the world and establish a church? ^ "The Five Gospels" answers these questions in a bold, dynamic work that will startle traditional readers of the Bible and rekindle interest in it among secular skeptics. In 1985 the Jesus Seminar, a distinguished group of biblical scholars led by Robert W. Funk and John Dominic Crossan (co-chairs), embarked on a new assessment of the gospels, including the recently discovered Gospel of Thomas. In pursuit of the historical Jesus, they used their collective expertise to determine the authenticity of the more than 1,500 sayings attributed to him. Their remarkable findings appear in this book. ^ Each saying attributed to Jesus is color-coded and presented in a completely new translation of the Greek and Coptic texts. In the judgment of the Jesus Seminar: ^ * only thosesayings that appear in red type are considered by the Seminar to be close to what Jesus actually said; ^ * the words in pink less certainly originated with Jesus; ^ * the words in gray are not his, though they contain ideas that are close to his own; ^ * the sayings that appear in black have been embellished or created by his followers, or borrowed from common lore. ^ According to the Seminar, no more than 20 percent of the sayings attributed to Jesus were uttered
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PRODUCT DETAIL
  • Catalogue Code 68574
  • Product Code 0025419498
  • EAN 9780025419490
  • Pages 576
  • Department Academic
  • Category Scripture
  • Sub-Category General
  • Publisher Macmillan Inc
  • Publication Date Jun 1994
  • Dimensions 235 x 192 x 33mm
  • Weight 1.058kg

Robert W Funk (Trans)

Robert W. Funk is the director of Polebridge Press. ý

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