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Scripting Jesus : the Gospels in rewrite

Author: L Michael White
Publisher: New York : HarperOne, [2010]
Edition/Format:   Book : English : FIrst editionView all editions and formats
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For centuries, in their attempt to discover the real, historical Jesus, people have wrestled with the contradictory stories in the Gospels. The gospel writers were storytellers, and the stories they told about Jesus and his followers have shaped the beliefs of almost two and a half billion people. This book explains how the gospel writers "honed their pitch" about the life of Jesus and the birth of Christianity for  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: L Michael White
ISBN: 9780061228797 0061228796 9780061228803 006122880X
OCLC Number: 419855481
Description: xii, 516 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
Contents: Acting the part : Messiah --
Logos and wisdom's child --
Divine man --
Savior --
Orality, memory, and performance --
Heralding the crucifixion --
Marking the passion --
Casting spells --
Spinning parables --
Plotting the nativity --
The misunderstood Messiah : the Gospel of Mark --
The righteous teacher of Torah : the Gospel of Matthew --
The martyred sage : the Gospel of Luke --
The man from heaven : the Gospels of John and Thomas --
Gospels and more gospels --
Tales of fancy, acts of faith.
Responsibility: L. Michael White.

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For centuries, in their attempt to discover the real, historical Jesus, people have wrestled with the contradictory stories in the Gospels. The gospel writers were storytellers, and the stories they told about Jesus and his followers have shaped the beliefs of almost two and a half billion people. This book explains how the gospel writers "honed their pitch" about the life of Jesus and the birth of Christianity for the greatest dramatic effect. The ancient gospel writers, like any circuit preacher or stand-up comedian, saved the material that got the best response, and cut whatever fell flat--essentially retelling Jesus' story to serve their own theological agenda and for greatest effect. Early Christianity scholar L. Michael White uses all the tools of criticism to reveal the agendas of the "handlers" who made a man into a messiah, leading to a better understanding of all four gospels.--From publisher description.

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