Hidden Gospels by Philip Jenkins
How the Search for Jesus Lost Its Way

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This incisive critique thoroughly and convincingly debunks the claims that recently discovered texts such as the Gospel of Thomas, the Gospel of Mary, and even the Dead Sea Scrolls undermine the historical validity of the New Testament.
Jenkins places the recent controversies surrounding the hidden gospels in a broad historical context and argues that, far from being revolutionary, such attempts to find an alternative Christianity date back at least to the Enlightenment. By employing the appropriate scholarly and historical methodologies, he demonstrates that the texts purported to represent pristine Christianity were in fact composed long after the canonical gospels found in the Bible. Produced by obscure heretical movements, these texts have attracted much media attention chiefly because they seem to support radical, feminist, and post-modern positions in the modern church. Indeed, Jenkins shows how best-selling books on the "hidden gospels" have been taken up by an uncritical, drama-hungry media as the basis for a social movement that could have powerful effects on the faith and practice of contemporary Christianity.
 

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Philip Jenkins has a joint appointment as the Edwin Erle Sparks Professor of the Humanities in history and religious studies at Penn State University and as Distinguished Senior Fellow at the Institute for Studies of Religion at Baylor University. His books include The Lost History of Christianity, Jesus Wars, and The Next Christendom, and he has published articles in The Wall Street Journal, The New Republic, The Atlantic Monthly, The Washington Post, and The Boston Globe.
 
Published June 28, 2001 by Oxford University Press, USA. 269 pages
Genres: History, Religion & Spirituality, Education & Reference. Non-fiction

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In addition to attempting to find postmodern, multiple, nontraditional interpretations of traditional biblical texts, the renowned Jesus Seminar has published texts from outside the traditional canon, heralding them as new discoveries that suggest reinterpretation of traditional Christian theolog...

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There were still things in the oral tradition that wasn’t in any of the three synoptics, however, so John’s gospel was a late attempt to capture those things in writing before the oral tradition was supplanted by the written scriptures.

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