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

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  • Copyright: 1/29/2010
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publications

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The Making of the Christian Myth Commencing in mid February 2004, SBS TV (Australia) will run a twopart 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.

Table of Contents

Prologue: The Mystique of Sacred Scripturep. 1
Jesus and the Christ
Clashing Culturesp. 19
Teachings from the Jesus Movements (Q, Pronouncement Stories, Gospel of Thomas, Miracle Stories, the Pillars in Jerusalem)p. 43
Fragments from the Christ Cult (Christ Myth, Ritual Meal, Christ Hymn)p. 75
Christ and the Hinge of History
Paul and His Gospel (1 and 2 Thessalonians, Galatians)p. 99
Paul's Letters to Greeks and Romans (1 and 2 Corinthians, Romans, Philemon, Philippians)p. 123
Gospels of Jesus the Christ (Mark, Matthew, Luke)p. 147
Visions of the Cosmic Lord (John, Colossians, Ephesians, Hebrews, Revelation)p. 175
Letters from the Apostles (Pastoral Epistles, Catholic Epistles, James, Johannine Letters)p. 199
History and the Christian Myth
Inventing Apostolic Traditions (Acts, Didache, 1 Clement, Ignatius)p. 225
Claiming Israel's Epic (Marcion, Valentinus, Justin Martyr)p. 251
Creating the Christian Bible (Canons, Mishnah, Eusebius, Jerome)p. 275
Epilogue: The Fascination of the Biblep. 293
Appendix A: Early Christian Literaturep. 311
Appendix B: The Contents of Qp. 312
Appendix C: The Pronouncement Stories in Markp. 314
Works Citedp. 317
Indexp. 321
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