Dating the writing of the gospels
The result is that many people now believe that the biblical gospels, Matthew, Mark, Luke and John, are unreliable sources of information about Jesus, and that the non-canonical gospels, like the Gospel of Mary or the Gospel of Philip, provide the unabridged truth about Jesus. I've shown that the non-canonical gospels, in addition to being unreliable sources of information about Jesus, actually provide almost nothing to support the fiction of Jesus's marriage as it's presented in In the several posts of this new series, I want to explain why Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John are, in fact, reliable.
I'm thinking of reliability in two different senses.
– that the gospels tell us relatively little about the historical Jesus.
I don't mean to imply that every Fellow in the Jesus Seminar was a poor scholar (some were quite fine), or that everything the Seminar produced was worthless.
It no longer makes headlines because it ran out of sayings and actions of Jesus to debunk.
Once it showed that Jesus didn't say much of what was attributed to him in the gospels, and that He didn't do much of what was attributed to him in the gospels, there wasn't much left for the Seminar itself to say or do.
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All I ask is that you give credit where credit is due. Thank you My Various Wrings on Jesus The Birth of Jesus: Hype or History? The Early Christian Understanding Why Did Jesus Have to Die? A Careful Look at the Real Evidence What Was the Message of Jesus? What Languages Did Jesus Speak and Why Does It Matter? The Passion of the Christ: An In-Depth Review Unmasking the Jesus Seminar examines many names and titles of Jesus (Son of God, Son of Man, etc.), explaining their historical, theological, and personal significance.
" This book includes study questions for personal or group study.I am well aware that the topic I'm planning to discuss is vast, complex, and filled with controversies.If you're not familiar with my background, I should mention that I completed a Ph. in New Testament at Harvard, where I studied with some of the top critical scholars in the world, and where I had many bright colleagues, at least seven of whom ended up as Fellows in the Jesus Seminar.So I'm quite familiar with many of the critical issues associated with the gospels and the question of the historical Jesus.Moreover, when I wrote my book , I read a lot of the newer academic literature on Jesus, including things published by Jesus Seminar Fellows.
On the one hand, I intend to show that the biblical gospels are reliable sources of historical information about Jesus.