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Questioning the historicity of Jesus : why a philosophical analysis elucidates the historical discourse

Author: Raphael Lataster
Publisher: Leiden ; Boston : Brill, [2019]
Series: Value inquiry book series, v. 336.; Value inquiry book series., Philosophy and religion.
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"This volume moves beyond the mainstream scholarly scepticism over the Christ of Faith and considers if there is sufficient evidence to establish the existence of the more mundane Historical Jesus. Using the logical tools of the analytic philosopher, Lataster finds that the relevant sources are unreliable as historical documents, and that the key method of those purporting that the Historical Jesus existed is to  Read more...
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Lataster, Raphael.
Questioning the historicity of Jesus
Leiden ; Boston : Brill-Rodopi, 2019.
(DLC) 2019023151
Named Person: Jesus Christ; Jesus Christ.
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Raphael Lataster
ISBN: 9004408789 9789004408784
OCLC Number: 1107141556
Description: 1 online resource (xiii, 494 pages).
Contents: Intro; Questioning the Historicity of Jesus: Why A Philosophical Analysis Elucidates the Historical Discourse; Copyright; Contents; Foreword; Acknowledgments; Introduction; 1 Which Jesus?; 2 A Debate among Atheists; 3 The Problem; 4 The Philosopher's Probabilistic Approach; Part 1: The Case for Historicity; 1 Ehrman's Dual Approach towards the Gospels; 1 A (Mostly) Wonderful Start; 2 The Gospels and the Folly of the Hypothetical Source; 2 Beyond the Gospels; 1 The Problem of Paul; 3 Casey's Superfluous 'Scholarship'; 1 Poisoning the Well; 2 'Method' 3 Why the Gospels Ought to Be Trusted, but Only When We Feel like It4 After the Case; 5 Even Worse than Ehrman: Offensive and Facetious; 6 Crossan's Brief Attempt; Part 2: The Case for Agnosticism; 4 Inadequate Methods; 1 History Concerns What Probably Happened; 2 Criteria for Authenticity; 3 Faith and Inconsistency; 4 A Bayesian Alternative; 5 The Criteria vs. Bayes; 5 Inadequate Sources; 1 The Silence of the Primary Sources; 2 'Other' Christian Sources; 3 (Non-Christian) Extrabiblical Sources; 4 Josephus; 5 Tacitus; 6 Thallus (and Phlegon); 7 Pliny, Suetonius, and Mara bar Serapion 8 The Talmud9 The Less Interesting Books of the New Testament; 10 The Canonical Gospels: Matthew, Mark, Luke-Acts, and John; 11 Mark's Burden; 12 The Genre of the Gospels; 13 Burridge's Take on the Gospels' Genre; 14 Mark's Failure; 6 The Problems of Paul; 1 The Docetic/Marcionite Jesus; 2 The Earliest Witness' Sources; 3 Paul's Minimal, Unquotable Jesus; 4 Paul's Cosmic Christ; 5 Philo's Pre-Christian and Pre-Pauline 'Celestial Jesus'; 6 The Evolution of Jesus; 7 Fictitious Founders; 8 The Revelation of/from Paul; 9 Agnosticism is Rational; Part 3: The Case for Mythicism 7 Prior Probabilities1 The Problem; 2 The Hypothesis of Historicity; 3 The Hypothesis of Myth; 4 Background Knowledge (Christianity); 4.1 Elements of Christian Origin; 4.2 Elements of Christian Religion; 5 Background Knowledge (Context); 5.1 Elements of Political Context; 5.2 Elements of Religious and Philosophical Context; 5.3 Elements of Literary Context; 6 The Prior Probability; 8 Consequent Probabilities; 1 Primary Sources; 2 Extrabiblical Evidence; 3 The Evidence of Acts; 4 The Evidence of the Gospels; 5 The Evidence of the Epistles; 9 Calculations; 1 Carrier's Calculations 2 Alternative Calculations3 Devil's Advocate; Conclusions; 1 The Glory of Agnosticism; 2 Mainstream Scholars Already Agree with Us; Bibliography; Index
Series Title: Value inquiry book series, v. 336.; Value inquiry book series., Philosophy and religion.
Responsibility: by Raphael Lataster.

Abstract:

"This volume moves beyond the mainstream scholarly scepticism over the Christ of Faith and considers if there is sufficient evidence to establish the existence of the more mundane Historical Jesus. Using the logical tools of the analytic philosopher, Lataster finds that the relevant sources are unreliable as historical documents, and that the key method of those purporting that the Historical Jesus existed is to appeal to sources that do not exist. Considering an ancient hypothesis suggesting that Jesus began as a celestial messiah that certain Second Temple Jews already believed in, and was later allegorised in the Gospels, Lataster discovers that it is more reasonable to at least be agnostic over Jesus' historicity"--

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