Simulating Jesus: Reality Effects in the Gospels

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  • Copyright: 2014-08-14
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The New Testament gospels do not represent four versions of one Jesus story but rather they produce four distinct narrative simulacra, each one of which is named Jesus. This book explores both the theory and the evidence justifying this claim and discusses practical and theological consequences of it. Chapters examine in detail each gospel's Jesus simulation and compare it to the others, as well as to other Jesus simulacra elsewhere in the Bible and in contemporary popular culture. This approach results in radically different understandings of these books and of the Christian canon.

Author Biography

George Aichele is Professor in the Department of Religion and Philosophy at Adrian College, Michigan (retired). His most recent books include The Control of Biblical Meaning: Canon as Semiotic Mechanism (Trinity Press International, 2001) and The Phantom Messiah: Postmodern Fantasy and the Gospel of Mark (TT Clark International, 2006).

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsp. ix
Prefacep. xi
Virtual Bible, Virtual Gospel
Virtuality and the Biblep. 3
The Simulation of Jesus, and the Virtual Gospelp. 24
Four Jesuses
Matthew's Gospel according to Pasolinip. 49
Child and Kingdom: On some Unsettling Language in the Gospel of Markp. 70
Dark Conceptions: The Two Fathers of Luke's Jesusp. 91
John Simulates the Anti-simulacrum: Reading Jesus' Writingp. 115
Canonical Reality Effects
The Possibility of Error: Minority Report and the Synoptic Gospelsp. 141
Fantasy and the Synoptic Problem: Q and the "Minor Agreements" against Markp. 164
Luke and John, and the Simulation of Christp. 187
The Virtual Gospel and the Canonical Control of Meaningp. 211
Bibliographyp. 222
Index of Referencesp. 230
Index of Namesp. 238
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