Random House: Bringing You the Best in Fiction, Nonfiction, and Children's Books
Authors
Books
Features
Newletters and Alerts

Buy now from Random House

See more online stores - Jesus the Nazarene

Jesus the Nazarene

Myth or History?

Written by Maurice GoguelAuthor Alerts:  Random House will alert you to new works by Maurice Goguel
Translated by Frederick StephensAuthor Alerts:  Random House will alert you to new works by Frederick Stephens
Introduction by R. Joseph HoffmannAuthor Alerts:  Random House will alert you to new works by R. Joseph Hoffmann

Jesus the Nazarene Cover

Bookmark,
Share & Shelve:

  • Add This - Jesus the Nazarene
  • Email this page - Jesus the Nazarene
  • Print this page - Jesus the Nazarene
ABOUT THE BOOK ABOUT THE BOOK
This book has no tags.
You can add some at Library Thing.
Synopsis

Synopsis

Originally published in 1926, this classic investigation into the question of the historicity of Jesus by Maurice Goguel, Professor of New Testament Criticism at the University of Paris, is considered one of the most important rebuttals of the "Myth Theory" of Christian origins. Advocated by a number of scholars in Europe and America, the theory maintained that Christianity evolved as an amalgam of salvation myths in circulation during the early centuries of the Roman Empire. The corollary of the theory is that the historical Jesus never existed.
Goguel first examines the meager non-Christian evidence from antiquity that attests to the existence of Christianity — i.e., in the works of Tacitus, Pliny, and Josephus, among others. Based on a statement about Christians in the Annals of Tacitus, Goguel is convinced that Tacitus knew of a document that "connected Christianity with the Christ crucified by Pontius Pilate."
He then devotes considerable attention to the letters of Paul, pointing out many points of historical reference in Paul that make it highly probable that Jesus was an actual religious leader. In particular he notes the sometimes-contentious relation between Paul and James, the brother of Jesus, as well as Jesus’ apostles. He asks why such details of conflict and disharmony among early Christians would be preserved in accounts that were completely fabricated.
Finally, he examines the four gospels. While recognizing their inadequacy as reliable historical accounts and the implausibility of reports of miracles in them, he argues that claims of miraculous power were commonplace in describing extraordinary persons in antiquity, including Roman emperors and heroes. Goguel’s analysis is especially important because he applies a thoroughly rationalist critique to the gospels without suggesting that the historical core of the story is negated by the fabulous and mythological details that give it context.
This classic text is essential reading for anyone interested in the modern quest for the historical Jesus.

Your E-Mail Address
send me a copy

Recipient's E-Mail Address
(multiple addresses may be separated by commas)

A personal message: