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What Have They Done with Jesus?

Beyond Strange Theories and Bad History--Why We Can Trust the Bible
Beyond Strange Theories and Bad History--Why We Can Trust the Bible
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Strange theories about Jesus and early Christianity seem to crop up with increasing regularity. Tales of mysterious hidden lineages and secret teachings titillate the curious, but how much of this is based on historical fact?

Leading New Testament scholar Ben Witherington III sets the record straight with What Have They Done With Jesus? Witherington, author of The Jesus Quest and The Paul Quest, mounts a vigorous defense of traditional Christianity, subjecting claims about Jesus and his circle of followers to rigorous scrutiny. What Have They Done with Jesus? debunks fad theories and confirms what can and cannot be known about the life of Christ.

Ben Witherington III is Amos Professor of New Testament for Doctoral Studies at Asbury Theological Seminary. He is considered one of the top evangelical scholars in the world and has written over thirty books, including The Brother of Jesus (as co-author), The Jesus Quest and The Paul Quest, both of which were selected as top biblical studies works by Christianity Today. Witherington has been interviewed on NBC's "Dateline", CBS's "48 Hours", FOX News, top NPR programs, and major print media including the Associated Press and the New York Times. He lives in Lexington, Kentucky.

"Ben Witherington III is respected in the academy and honored in the Church. This book shows why: it is candid, it is fair-minded, and it tells the truth: nonsense is nonsense. Very few can get to the heart of historical issues as Ben Witherington can."

- Scot McKnight, Karl A. Olsson Professor in Religious Studies, North Park University

--Philip Jenkins, Professor of History and Religious Studies, Pennsylvania State University

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<P>Strange theories about Jesus seem to ooze from our culture with increasing regularity. Popular books and network TV specials proposing bizarre, historically unfounded tales of Jesus's mysterious bloodline and secret teachings continue to titillate the religiously curious. Witherington, one of the top Jesus scholars today, will have none of it. There were no "Jesus Papers," no "Lost Christianities," no secret "Gnostic teachings" in the first century. With leading scholars and popular purveyors of bad history in his crosshairs, Witherington reveals what we can&ndash;and cannot&ndash;know about the real Jesus. </P><P> Utilizing a fresh "personality profile" approach, Witherington highlights core Christian claims by investigating the major figures in Jesus's inner circle of followers: Mary the mother of Jesus, Mary Magdalene, Thomas, Peter, James the brother of Jesus, Paul, and the mysterious "beloved disciple." In each chapter Witherington satisfies our curiosities and answers the full range of questions about these key figures and what each of them can teach us about the historical Jesus. In what amounts to a vigorous defense of traditional Christianity, What Have They Done With Jesus? offers a compelling portrait of Jesus's core message according to those who knew him best.</P>

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    Product Specs
    • SKU: 9780061120022
    • Manufacturer: Harper One
    • Language of Text: English
    • ISBN 13: 9780061120022
    • Publication Date: 10/01/2007
    • Format: Paperback
    • Author: Ben Witherington III
    • Page Count: 342
    • Width: 6.28 inches
    • Height: 0.98 inches
    • Length: 9.02 inches
    • Weight: 0.83 pounds
    • SKU: 9780061755682
    • Manufacturer: Harper One
    • Author: Ben Witherington III
    • ISBN 13: 9780061755682
    • Publication Date: 10/01/2007
    • Format: Electronic Media
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