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Hoffmann, R. Joseph

Overview
Works: 21 works in 85 publications in 2 languages and 4,974 library holdings
Genres: Criticism, interpretation, etc  Controversial literature  Conference papers and proceedings  History  Sources  Apocryphal and legendary literature  Biography‡vApocryphal and legendary literature  Quotations 
Roles: Author, Other, Editor
Classifications: BR160.3, 230.13
Publication Timeline
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Most widely held works by R. Joseph Hoffmann
On the true doctrine : a discourse against the Christians by Celsus( Book )

13 editions published between 1987 and 1994 in English and held by 773 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Jesus in history and myth( Book )

7 editions published in 1986 in English and held by 564 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Papers presented at an international symposium held at the University of Michigan in April 1985 on Jesus and the gospels
Biblical v. secular ethics : the conflict( Book )

4 editions published in 1988 in English and held by 561 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Establishing acceptable norms of behaviour and consistent standards of conduct has been part of the human enterprise since the dawn of time. Without principles of ethics and the moral rules that affect individual behaviour, humankind would plunge into a state of chaotic indifference, insecurity, and unending fear. But while few question the need for moral guidance, a growing number of people believe that the only ethic worth considering must rest on a biblical foundation. Is morality dependent upon God and "revealed truths" found in scripture? Must this claim be accepted without question lest we risk the torment of eternal damnation for questioning it?Without critical evaluation and careful scrutiny, there is little hope of distinguishing truth from unfounded belief. How valuable is the Bible as a source for ethical truth? Do the scriptures truly have the insight needed to guide humankind safely through the moral dilemmas of modern society? What constitutes a biblical ethic? Should the Bible be construed as the only basis for moral teaching? Is it really the final authority on moral issues, or are there secular alternatives that can serve as guides to acceptable conduct within the human community?A distinguished group of social philosophers, biblical scholars, and ethicists met at the University of Richmond, Virginia, under the aegis of the Committee for the Scientific Examination of Religion (CSER) and its Biblical Criticism Research Project, to address these and related questions. The essays in this provocative work demonstrate a diversity of perspective and breadth of insight that will shed much needed light on the nature of ethics." -- Publisher's description
Jesus outside the Gospels by R. Joseph Hoffmann( Book )

2 editions published in 1984 in English and held by 514 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

What the Bible really says by MORTON ed SMITH( Book )

8 editions published between 1989 and 1993 in English and held by 454 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The just war and jihad : violence in Judaism, Christianity, and Islam( Book )

5 editions published in 2006 in English and held by 452 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Marcion, on the restitution of Christianity : an essay on the development of radical Paulinist theology in the second century by R. Joseph Hoffmann( Book )

15 editions published between 1982 and 1984 in English and Undetermined and held by 387 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Origins of Christianity : a critical introduction( Book )

4 editions published in 1985 in English and held by 311 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Porphyry's Against the Christians : the literary remains by Porphyry( Book )

6 editions published in 1994 in English and held by 299 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Critical notes by the translator provide a running commentary to the text. A lively introduction and comprehensive epilogue describe the "buildup" to the pagan critique of Christianity, and help put Porphyry's work in historical perspective. Accessible to the general reader as well as a valuable scholarly tool, this new translation of Against the Christians proves a worthy addition to both classical and patristic studies
The secret Gospels : a harmony of Apocryphal Jesus traditions( Book )

4 editions published in 1996 in English and held by 199 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Modern spiritualities : an inquiry( Book )

3 editions published between 1996 and 1997 in English and held by 163 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Julian's Against the Galileans by Julian( Book )

4 editions published in 2004 in English and held by 156 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Flavius Claudius Julianus (331/332-363 CE), better known to history by the name imposed by his Christian opponents, Julian "the Apostate," was a nephew of the first Christian emperor, Constantine I. Julian is one of the most fascinating figures of late antiquity. More information is available about him from both pagan and Christian sources than about any other Roman emperor. His reign inspired both admiration and contempt." "This is the first modern English translation of the complete corpus of Julian's Against the Galileans and related writings, including letters and edicts bearing on Julian's attitude toward Christians and the Church, together with the most famous accounts of his short career written by the Christian historians Socrates Scholasticus and Sozemon, both composed within a century of Julian's death. It not only puts the work of the philosopher-emperor into historical perspective but also offers important insights into the waning days of pagan philosophy and the growth of the Christian church against the background of intellectual and religious opposition. The translations are supported by a full historical introduction to the life of Julian and a detailed treatment of his religious philosophy, including the origins of his understanding of the Christian faith." "This translation is essential reading for anyone interested in the religions of late antiquity, the growth of the Christian church, and the final phase of the conflict between paganism and Christian teaching."--Jacket
Sources of the Jesus tradition : separating history from myth( Book )

3 editions published in 2010 in English and held by 115 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Who was the "real Jesus"? Given the historical unreliability of the gospels and other ancient sources, can this question ever be answered? Is it possible that a historical Jesus never existed? These questions and more are addressed in this collection of expert essays based on the latest research in New Testament scholarship. All of the authors are participants in the Jesus Project, a new investigation into the origins of Christianity directed by R. Joseph Hoffmann under the auspices of the Council for the Scientific Examination of Religion at the Center for Inquiry in Amherst, NY. Dr. Hoffmann describes the project as a beneficiary of its history, building on the work of prior inquiry and acknowledging important advances in the reconstruction of Christian origins in the last two centuries. It is "new" in advocating a faith-free approach to the sources and greater attention to method than previous inquiries. The scholars represented in this volume are among the finest in the world. Included are not only experts in New Testament studies but also specialists in archeology, legal history, intertestamental Judaism, educational studies, Near Eastern studies, philosophy, and classics. The first fruits of this scholarly collaboration are gathered together in this excellent anthology, which will be a welcome addition to the libraries of anyone with an interest in Christian origins
Self-contradictions of the Bible by William Henry Burr( Book )

1 edition published in 1987 in English and held by 4 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Kata Christianōn ta euriskomena by Porphyry( Book )

1 edition published in 2000 in Greek, Modern and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The just war and jihad violence in Judaism, Christianity, and Islam( Recording )

1 edition published in 2007 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

The essays collected here offer ... how in an age defined by scientific inquiry the ancient conflicts over the will and purpose of Abraham's God still sap the energies of politicians, academics, and ordinary people in cities and villages around the world. The twentieth century has especially been affected by a long train of conflicts with religious roots.... The culture wars of the twenty-first century have deep roots in the culture of early civilizations.... The essays collected here question the foundation of political discourse about the Abrahamic traditions and challenge the traditions to confront both their history and their present in honest and transforming ways. -Back cover
On the true doctrine a discourse against the Christians by Celsus( Recording )

1 edition published in 2000 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

Meméristai ho Christós ? Anti-enthusiast polemic from Paul to Augustine by R. Joseph Hoffmann( )

1 edition published in 1979 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

Just War and Jihad : Positioning the Question of Religious Violence by R. Joseph Hoffmann( )

1 edition published in 2006 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

William Henry Furness: the Transcendentalist defense of the Gospels by R. Joseph Hoffmann( )

1 edition published in 1983 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

Folder contains two 12-page photocopies of the author's article, which appeared in The New England Quarterly
 
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On the true doctrine : a discourse against the Christians
Alternative Names
R. Joseph Hoffmann Academic

R. Joseph Hoffmann Amerikaans godsdiensthistoricus

R. Joseph Hoffmann US-amerikanischer Historiker

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Jesus in history and mythJesus outside the GospelsWhat the Bible really saysThe just war and jihad : violence in Judaism, Christianity, and IslamThe Origins of Christianity : a critical introductionPorphyry's Against the Christians : the literary remainsThe secret Gospels : a harmony of Apocryphal Jesus traditionsModern spiritualities : an inquiry