The Christ-Myth Theory and Its Problems

The Christ Myth Theory and Its Problems In the opinion of many believers and scholars alike the final chapter of this book says it all Worse Than Atheism It is one thing to say There are no gods or Jesus was not a god just a man It is qui

  • Title: The Christ-Myth Theory and Its Problems
  • Author: Robert M. Price
  • ISBN: 9781578840175
  • Page: 367
  • Format: Paperback
  • In the opinion of many believers and scholars alike, the final chapter of this book says it all Worse Than Atheism It is one thing to say There are no gods or Jesus was not a god, just a man It is quite another thing to say Jesus of Nazareth never existed at all or that Christ is a myth But scholars have been saying exactly that since at least 1793 when the EIn the opinion of many believers and scholars alike, the final chapter of this book says it all Worse Than Atheism It is one thing to say There are no gods or Jesus was not a god, just a man It is quite another thing to say Jesus of Nazareth never existed at all or that Christ is a myth But scholars have been saying exactly that since at least 1793 when the Enlightenment scholar Charles Dupuis began to publish his 13 volume Origine de Tous les Cultes, ou Religion Universelle, which elucidated the astral origins not only of Christianity but of other ancient religions as well.New Testament scholar Robert M Price, one of America s leading authorities on the Bible, here summarizes much of the scholarship that has led him and a growing number of modern scholars to conclude that Christ a partial synonym for Jesus of Nazareth is mythical Most usefully, Price has assembled evidence that shows that almost the entire biography of Jesus has been created from Greek Old Testament stories and themes and even incorporates motifs from Homer, Euripides, and perhaps Aesop Because readers will have a hard time taking it on faith that the Jesus biography is merely a reworking of previous material, broad swaths of Old Testament context are quoted in association with each New Testament equivalent, so readers can judge for themselves whether or not Dr Price s claim be true the Live of Christ was not fulfillment of Old Testament prophecies it was, rather, a conscious reworking of earlier literature.

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    1. As I already have a large amount of respect for Robert Price and his critical/scholarly work, I was not at all displeased with his effort here.Positive: exhaustively researched, plentiful and thorough references to both pro-myth and pro-history scholars, and a conversational style that takes the reader through very dense biblical studies.Negative: The effort was perhaps too exhaustive for a book not necessarily intended for people used to such scholarly works. I can only recommend it to readers [...]

    2. Builds a rather thorough, and strong, caseAlthough I have long since left behind Christian belief (for my own reasons), works like this still hold my interest, if for no other reason that religion still remains a compelling subject worthy of study. This particular book, comprising previously published essays, goes into the mythic character of Jesus while also examining areas where this theory might fall short. Congratulations, I read the title! The most damning of these is probably the one on Ma [...]

    3. Like the previously read/reviewed "Did Jesus Exist?" by Bart Ehrman, this is a text for serious students of the early history of the christian cults, and not for the casual reader. Both go pretty intensely into the arguments for or against an actual person named Jesus having actually existed and having been the inspiration for the "christian" religions as they developed. Both authors make good arguments, and both are interesting reads. However, though I highly respect both authors and have read [...]

    4. A good introduction to the idea that Jesus never existed. A bit repetitive, but an introduction by a scholar who knows what he's talking about. See further remarks: Sects and Violence in the Ancient World.

    5. 1/3 in, some of this is totally new to me 20% -27% thus far has some stunning insights , some of the midrash stuff is sending my head spinning better than I expected.

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