Scripting Jesus Kindle å Hardcover

Scripting Jesus Kindle å Hardcover

  • Hardcover
  • 528 pages
  • Scripting Jesus
  • L. Michael White
  • English
  • 01 June 2015
  • 9780061228797

10 thoughts on “Scripting Jesus

  1. Mike Mike says:

    Not sure I'm going to make it through this one I'm a little past the half way point I think The author has expert level knowledge of the bible and apparently reads Greek and Hebrew so he can offer his own translation He also has thorough knowledge of mythology so his analysis is insightful and illuminatingHowever he has a blind spot a mile wide when it comes to his mythology of choice He is a Christian and as such cannot take the logical step from explaining how other mythological figures being fiction or at best aggrandized mortals to Jesus is one as well Or from other mythological tales are fiction to Christian tales are tooIt's of an annoyance than a deal breaker but it's standing in the way of the book and the analysis within being great

  2. Joel Wentz Joel Wentz says:

    There's a lot to like about this book with some important caveats First it ranges from very accessible to dry and academic depending on the chapter It's uneven and can be a bit jarring especially to someone who hasn't read much about the 'historical Jesus uest' or textual criticism in general Second the author does lean towards a skeptical analysis on historical uestions about the miracles healings and sayings of Jesus though he's much less skeptical than the Jesus Seminar which is refreshing; I wouldn't recommend this to someone who didn't have broad readingawareness in this conversation as some of White's conclusions are much contested in the scholarly world than he makes them out to be especially in the uestions of dating manuscripts and authorship Third though it appears to be a historical Jesus book it's really a book about the history of the Gospels how they were written and passed on through oral tradition The read should know whether or not that's of interest before diving in Fourth and final it's really really long probably too longThat all being said I gained a lot from this He lays out the distinctive voices of each Gospel writer in a really compelling way I have a much deeper and comprehensive understanding of how the Gospels contrast each other in their narrative theology which I find fascinating As a reference it's also a great tool as he includes many charts and maps that lay out the contrasting ways the Gospels portray the Jesus story I also found his core argument to be very interesting trying to expose the layers of the Jesus tradition through Paul's early writings what was preserved in oral tradition and the authorship locations of each book It's important to remember that it's one theory among many and is a far from settled area of biblical scholarship but is fascinating reading nonetheless I would recommend this to anyone who is well versed in these conversationsareas of scholarship

  3. Janis Janis says:

    Scripting Jesus The Gospels in Rewrite is a scholarly analysis of early Christian writings Author L Michael White primarily focuses on the four canonical gospels Matthew Mark Luke and John but also covers the apocryphal gospels He analyzes each gospel's structure and intended audience He also compares and contrasts the gospels in a series of detailed charts I agree with other reviewers who commented that the book was too long it took me almost a year to finish but White obviously is an expert on this subject I will definitely keep this book on my shelf for reference

  4. Dave Suscheck Dave Suscheck says:

    His scholarship is top notch You may disagree with his conclusions but you can’t deny his scholarship This is a hefty volume but well worth the read What I like is the structured approach and the breakdown of each gospel culturally situated in context His prose is consistent and easy to follow

  5. Jeff Bozell Jeff Bozell says:

    Well researched and insightful this book can help any reader understand the good book’s temporal and geographical context

  6. David David says:

    I could file this under books I found for dirt cheap that I wasn't too excited to read so I skimmed Overall this is a book packed full of information on how the gospels came to be written with a heavy emphasis on oral tradition Most valuable the author argues that the gospels were written to be performed before an audience and many of the differences between them which we deem contradictions were no big deal The uestion of whether some of the things really happened the line between fiction and history was not as important in the ancient worldOne uestion I did have came when the author discussed the Gospel of John and Gospel of Thomas He talked about how some scholars date Thomas early though the work is not mentioned by other Christians till the end of the second century A few pages prior the author used John not being mentioned till around this time if not a bit earlier as evidence of it being written late around 120 AD How do scholars push Thomas so early and make John late when both do not show up till late and John shows up as a completed text even earlier? The same uestion comes in when he discusses the Secret Gospel of Mark and notes that some think it is a forgery by the guy who claimed to discover it Morton Smith a few decades ago Yet he brushes this idea off even though serious scholars think this is the best explanation and even White's limited discussion makes me think it is probably a forgery While this book is very even handed these couple cases reveal a bias of skepticism to the four canonical gospels and a desire to accept other gospels even if the evidence is against themThat said this is still a great read if you're interested in how the gospels came to be

  7. Robert Robert says:

    This was a book that picked up cheap at my college's bookstore last year but through various reasons it's taken me until now to actually finish it The topic of the book is very interesting to me as it deals with Biblical literature from a literary perspective although theology does factor into their creation In particular this book goes into the Gospels' differing portrayals of Jesus and how these were determined by the intended audience and overall intent The idea that they weren't meant to be literal history is perhaps lost on the average Christian but is common knowledge among the scholars who study manuscripts and historians familiar with this period in Antiuity That being said I did find the actual presentation of the material and theories to wildly vary in uality The author has a very dry style that kept me from really engaging with a lot of the points he makes and is perhaps why I put the book down for so long after initially getting through half of it Still despite all of this he does provide supplementary charts which break things down in a palatable way and provide simple comparisons between the various aspects of the Gospels that he talks about There were also some interesting appendices that go into Judean geography in this period among other things Taken as a whole book it is a good work of scholarship but I find Bart Ehrman to be much readable

  8. Michael Brady Michael Brady says:

    Fiction is Not the Same as FalsehoodWere the gospels performed stories of faith rather than factual histories?Makes sense to me especially after reading Scripting Jesus The Gospels in Rewrite by L Michael WhiteWhite also wrote From Jesus to Christianity How Four Generations of Visionaries Storytellers Created the New Testament and Christian Faith which is now on my too read list and a PBS Frontline documentary on the topic of early ChristianityWhite's detailed examination of the cultural religious and literary traditions that gave rise to Christianity is similar to work done by the well known Bart Ehrman There are layers to Dr White's analysis that are lost on me Ironically those with a love and knowledge of scripture sufficient to fully appreciate his arguments are probably most likely to reject his premise Whether you are a Christian or not the early history of the religion is fascinating stuff Taken from White's uote of David Kanstan pg 418

  9. Randy Reed Randy Reed says:

    I read this book because I was thinking of using it in my Jesus class However its not really about the historical Jesus it is about the development of the Jesus tradition through the gospels It was however a really interesting book and I got a lot out of it that I will integrate into my Intro to NT class It might even work as a text book for intro to NT though pretty much it stops with Acts

  10. Ken Ken says:

    This book provides outstanding background and context for the development of the New Testament White provides historical literary philosophical and theological material in a readable style Highly recommended

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Scripting Jesus[Download] ➶ Scripting Jesus ✤ L. Michael White – In Scripting Jesus Michael White famed scholar of early Christian history reveals how the gospel stories of Jesus were never meant to be straightforward historical accounts but rather were scripted an In Scripting Jesus Michael White famed scholar of early Christian history reveals how the gospel stories of Jesus were never meant to be straightforward historical accounts but rather were scripted and honed as performance pieces for four different audiences with four different theological agendas As he did as a featured presenter in two award winning PBS Frontline documentaries “From Jesus to Christ” and “Apocalypse” White engagingly explains the significance of some lesser known aspects of The New Testament; in this case the development of the stories of Jesus—including how the gospel writers differed from one another on facts points of view and goals Readers of Elaine Pagels Marcus Borg John Dominic Crossan and Bart Ehrman will find much to ponder in Scripting Jesus.

About the Author: L. Michael White

L Michael White is Ronald Nelson Smith Chair in Classics and Christian Origins and is the director of the Institute for the Study of Antiuity and Christian Origins at the University of Texas at Austin He is the author of From Jesus to Christianity and was featured in two award winning PBS Frontline documentaries From Jesus to Christ The First Christians and Apocalypse for which he also.