Jesus Before the Gospels

Jesus Before the Gospels

How the Earliest Christians Remembered, Changed, and Invented Their Stories of the Savior

Book - 2016
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Many believe that the Gospel stories of Jesus are based on eyewitness testimony and are therefore historically reliable. Now, for the first time, a scholar of the New Testament, New York Times bestselling author Bart D. Ehrman (Misquoting Jesus; and Jesus, Interrupted), surveys research from the fields of psychology, anthropology, and sociology to explore how oral traditions and group memories really work and questions how reliable the Gospels can be. Focusing on the decades-long gap between when Jesus lived and when these documents about him began to appear, Ehrman looks to these varied disciplines to see what they can tell us about how the New Testament developed.
Publisher: San Francisco :, HarperOne,, 2016
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780062285201
Characteristics: 326 pages ; 24 cm


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Jan 30, 2017

First book I read by Bart Ehrman. Very good read and information inside. Explains the function of individual and communal memory as well as how oral traditions transfer information, then relates it all to the Jesus story. Explanation is much more reasonable than the gospel itself.

Sep 15, 2016

Another fascinating book by Bart Ehrman. He spent 5 years researching studies of how memory works and applies that to his topic.


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