Who Wrote the New Testament? The Making of the Christian Myth

Who Wrote the New Testament? The Making of the Christian Myth By Burton L. Mack, Who Wrote the New Testament The Making of the Christian Myth The Making of the Christian MythCommencing in mid February SBS TV Australia will run a two part documentary based on this title In this groundbreaking and controversial book Burton Mack brillia
  • Title: Who Wrote the New Testament? The Making of the Christian Myth
  • Author: Burton L. Mack
  • ISBN: 9780060655181
  • Page: 467
  • Format: Paperback
  • Who Wrote the New Testament? The Making of the Christian Myth By Burton L. Mack, The Making of the Christian MythCommencing in mid February 2004, SBS TV Australia will run a two part documentary based on this title.In this groundbreaking and controversial book, Burton Mack brilliantly exposes how the Gospels are fictional mythologies created by different communities for various purposes and are only distantly related to the actual historical Jesus.MaThe Making of the Christian MythCommencing in mid February 2004, SBS TV Australia will run a two part documentary based on this title.In this groundbreaking and controversial book, Burton Mack brilliantly exposes how the Gospels are fictional mythologies created by different communities for various purposes and are only distantly related to the actual historical Jesus.Mack s innovative scholarship which boldly challenges traditional Christian understanding will change the way you approach the New Testament and think about how Christianity arose.The clarity of Mack s prose and the intelligent pursuit of his subject make compelling reading Mack s investigation of the various groups and strands of the early Christian community out of which were generated the texts of Christianity s first anthology of religious literature and makes sense of a topic that has been confusing.
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      John Wesley Professor of the New Testament at the school of Theology at Claremont

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    1. This was an excellent book and I learned a great deal from it It goes into the history of early Christianity and the various sects and then discusses who wrote the New Testament we don t really know, but we know for sure that it was not written by who it is accredited to, except some of the letters of Paul and why it is the way it is some of the things in this book were really surprising such as the fact that the early Jesus followers did not believe in his divinity or in his resurrection Those [...]


    2. I was advised this book in Derren Brown s Tricks Of The Mind, where he claims that he started reading it as an christian agnostic and laid it down as an atheist That sounded nice The book doesn t deliver completely, I think there are better options if you want to see someone wiping the floor with religion In fact, reading Holy Bible King James Version itself is probably the best choice to get a clear idea of the load of sadistic and patriottic self delusion it contains But let us return to Mack. [...]


    3. An interesting study of the origins of the writings that were later compiled into the group known as the christian New Testament The author, rightly so, describes these writings as fictional mythologies and discusses the social, political, and philosophical differences in the populations from which these texts arose Funny I read much of this in coffee houses where I would try to keep its title away from others, knowing it could lead to awkward conversations, but people kept noticing it anyway In [...]


    4. My Lenten thing this year was to read about the Bible This is my third Lenten book While a lot of the ground of this book supplied the groundwork for Zealot Aslan lists another of Mack s books on this subject it was in no way any type of rehashing It wasn t what I was looking for, I wanted to find out how the Bible came to be, and this didn t answer those questions exactly, I wasn t totally disappointed and did learn a great deal about the people and politics involved This is a great book even [...]


    5. A book about the origins of the gospels and books in the New Testament and the perspectives of the individual writers Explains why the gospels were written the way they were and the angle the authors were coming from when writing them.The typeset is small and if it had been set in a larger type, the book would have been twice as long, but much easier to read.


    6. Could not finish Not written for a casual consumer Some good information from what I could tell, although the author writes with a smug assurance that I find grating He makes no attempt to provide evidence what that evidence would be admittedly I don t know backing his statements.


    7. The best of the several books I ve read on the subject, an analytical, scholarly historian s take on the first two centuries of our era with particular emphasis on the documentary record.






    8. Disappointed with this book, in large part due to the misleading title the question of who wrote the New Testament is left as a side issue, typically a sentence or two on a particular book like we don t know who wrote this or where but it may have been of Aegean origin Rather it is an attempt at deconstruction of the New Testament All well and good if you are looking for a dry literary analysis of the New Testament, but not be recommended for those seeking to learn about the history of the bible [...]


    9. This book was mediocre I have heard some people refer to this book as cutting edge scholarship I have no idea where they would get that impression There are no footnotes Skeptical assumptions about the development of the Q document are asserted as fact The dates he assigns to the Gospels are at best, fringe, and at worst just conveniently chosen for no other reason than to support his assumptions Mack essentially claims that Jesus wasn t Jewish What Then why was he in conflict with his Jewish co [...]


    10. Who wrote the New Testament There is no straightforward answer Aside from Paul, all of the writers in the New Testament wrote either anonymously or pseudonysmouly But why And how come we, as a mainstream society, have come to believe that these accounts were all eyewitness testimonies You will find the answers to these, and other questions, in this book In it, Burton L Mack takes readers through the complex question of who wrote the New Testament by elucidating the social, intellectual, religiou [...]


    11. Anyone buying this book in the expectation of finding out who actually wrote Matthew, Mark, Luke and John will be sadly disappointed since no one knows who wrote them and the names given to them in the Good Book might best be considered courtesy titles Likewise, anyone buying this book in the expectation of discovering that the texts presently comprising the New Testament are verbatim transcripts of God s word through carefully selected scribes will also be disappointed No such claim is consider [...]


    12. This book certainly brings to the surface many obscure aspects of the first few hundred years of Christianity It spends a surprisingly short amount of time on the four Gospels, but covers many important twists and turns in Christian thinking after the books of the New Testament came out I don t quite trust Mack s instincts, though I am uncomfortable with his degree of confidence He ascribes many feelings and thought processes to Paul, for instance, that no one nowadays could possibly know about [...]


    13. A fascinating and readable account of the history of the Christian scriptures and the communities that produced them The New Testament is known to most of us as a monolith, as if the books were all written simultaneously to be read together Historical research makes it clear that they represent a long period of struggle among different groups with radically different interpretations of the life and teachings of Jesus Mack provides an excellent introduction to those sects and controversies in thi [...]


    14. The biggest problem I have with this book is the title It is misleading It is not about who wrote the new testament It is NOT a good sequel to Richard E Friedman s excellent Who Wrote the Bible which only covers the Old Testament It is an exploration of the history of Christianity and does put the gospel writings into some context But I was disappointed that it didn t live up to the title.I think this book is for those looking to explore about Christian traditions and writings and less for tho [...]


    15. This is a challenging read, but worthwhile if you re interested in early Christian history I was stunned to learn about how different the early Jesus movements were I question some of the details like the breakdown of the Q movement into three distinct phases , but I do accept the main point that the story of Jesus grew and changed in different ways in diverse communities, even among the communities that produced the canonical gospels.


    16. Very good The author gives a very good study about the way of how the New Testament was made We can use it to see if we are living in the Reality or in the myth


    17. I think this book may be for someone who knows than I, or someone who cares about the subject than I I made it through half the book before my eyes glazed over.






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