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⇀ Good The Case for Jesus: The Biblical and Historical Evidence for Christ to read online ⣞ Kindle Ebook Author Brant Pitre ⥤ ⇀ Good The Case for Jesus: The Biblical and Historical Evidence for Christ to read online ⣞ Kindle Ebook Author Brant Pitre ⥤ 1The Quest for JesusThis book is about one big question Did Jesus of Nazareth claim to be God The seeds of my interest in who Jesus really claimed to be were first planted back in the early 1990s, when I was an undergraduate at Louisiana State University I still remember vividly the day I walked into one of my introductory level classes, very excited to begin learning about the Bible Although I had grown up Catholic and had even spent a fairly good deal of time reading the Scriptures, I had never before had the opportunity to study the Bible in an in depth way.At the time, I was especially excited to begin studying the Gospels For me, the Gospels were the most familiar part of the Bible, and my personal favorite In particular, I was hoping that I would be able to learn about Jesus As a Christian, I had always believed that Jesus was the divine Son of God, fully God and fully man I worshiped him and tried to the best of my ability which was often quite lacking to live according to his teachings So when it came time in the classroom to turn to Jesus and the Gospels, I was all ears.Needless to say, I was somewhat taken aback when the professor began by saying Forget everything you thought you knew about who wrote the Gospels.What was that At the time, I was vigorously trying to take notes, so I couldnt quite digest what the professor had said.He continued Although your English Bibles say The Gospel according to Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John, these titles were actually added much later In fact, we dont really know who wrote the Gospels Nowadays, modern scholars agree that the Gospels were originally anonymous.Got it Titles added later Gospels originally anonymous.Wait a minute I thought We dont know who wrote the Gospels What about Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John Werent they disciples of Jesus As we will see in chapter 2, I was wrong to think Mark and Luke were disciples At the time, these questions flashed through my mind in a matter of moments Being a zealous undergraduate intent on getting straight As, I was focused on writing down the professors words than on processing them All the same, I do remember being struck by a thought If what he was saying was truewhich, of course, I never doubted, since I was an ignoramus and he was the professorthen how do we know what Jesus actually did and said And, in fact, that is exactly what he proceeded to talk about the so called quest for the historical Jesus, in which modern scholars search for the truth about what Jesus really did and said, using contemporary tools of historical research.Despite my initial surprise at the idea that we dont know who wrote the Gospels, the whole notion of the quest for Jesus still fascinated me After all, Christianity is a historical religion, which claims that the God who made the universe actually became a mana real human being who lived in a particular time and in a particular place As a result, the idea of searching for the historical truth about Jesus made sense to me So, somewhat blindly, thats what I set out to do.The Telephone GameOn the one hand, as I began to devour a steady stream of books about Jesus, I felt as if my whole understanding of him and his world was being opened up in new and exciting ways For one thing, I began taking courses in ancient Greek so that I could learn to read the New Testament in its original language It was thrilling I also began studying the Old Testament, which helped me get a better understanding of the history behind the Bible The end result was that I added a Religious Studies major to my program in English Literature I also decided to become a professor and spend my life teaching and writing about the Bible Eventually, I was admitted to a masters program in biblical studies at Vanderbilt University, which kicked off with a rigorous regimen of learning ancient Hebrew I even had the privilege of studying under Amy Jill Levine, a Jewish professor of New Testament From Dr Levine, I began to learn how important it was to interpret the words and deeds of Jesus in their first century Jewish context She helped me to see Jesus through ancient Jewish eyes This was a great gift and, in many ways, a great time in my life.On the other hand, at the very same time, something else began to happen I also began to encounter ideas about Jesus and the Gospels that were difficult to reconcile with what I had grown up believing For example, in addition to the theory that the Gospels were originally anonymous, I learned that many modern scholars believe that the Gospels are not biographies of Jesus, that they were not authored by disciples of Jesus, and that they were written too late in the first century AD to be based on reliable eyewitness testimony One of the textbooks I learned fromwritten by the now famous atheist New Testament scholar Bart Ehrmaneven compares the way we got the accounts of Jesus in the Gospels to the childrens game of Telephone These are the words I read all those years ago N early all of these storytellers had no independent knowledge of what really happened to Jesus It takes little imagination to realize what happened to the stories You are probably familiar with the old birthday party game telephone A group of kids sits in a circle, the first tells a brief story to the one sitting next to her, who tells it to the next, and to the next, and so on, until it comes back full circle to the one who started it Invariably, the story has changed so much in the process of retelling that everyone gets a good laugh Imagine this same activity taking place, not in a solitary living room with ten kids on one afternoon, but over the expanse of the Roman Empire some 2,500 miles across , with thousands of participants.Well revisit the idea of the Telephone game later on in this book As we will see, this so called analogy is completely anachronistic and has no place in any serious historical study of Jesus and the Gospels But I didnt know that seventeen years ago At the time, lets just say that it didnt exactly inspire confidence in me that the four Gospels were historically reliable To make matters even complicated, I also discovered that there were lots of other ancient gospels outside the New Testament that I had never heard about before In fact, some scholars argued that these lost gospels, especially the Gospel of Thomas, should get equal treatment as historical sources in the quest for Jesus After all, if the four Gospels werent based on eyewitness testimony, why should we trust them instead of the lost gospels Finally, and most significant of all, I began to realize that many contemporary New Testament scholars do not believe that Jesus of Nazareth ever actually claimed to be God Of all the ideas that I encountered, this last one shook me to my core.Liar, Lunatic, Lord, or Legend Dont get me wrong It wasnt as if I had never before come across the idea of someone not believing in the divinity of Jesus To the contrary, when I was an undergraduate, I had read very closely C S Lewiss famous book Mere Christianity, in which he explains some of the reasons he converted from atheism to Christianity In that book, Lewis gives a classic argument against the common idea that Jesus was just a great moral teacher or a prophet In Lewiss own words I am trying here to prevent anyone saying the really foolish thing that people often say about Him Im ready to accept Jesus as a great moral teacher, but I dont accept his claim to be God That is the one thing we must not say A man who was merely a man and said the sort of things Jesus said would not be a great moral teacher He would either be a lunaticon the level with the man who says he is a poached eggor else he would be the Devil of Hell You must make your choice Either this man was, and is, the Son of God, or else a madman or something worse You can shut him up for a fool, you can spit at him and kill him as a demon or you can fall at his feet and call him Lord and God, but let us not come with any patronising nonsense about his being a great human teacher He has not left that open to us He did not intend to Now it seems to me obvious that He was neither a lunatic nor a fiend and consequently, however strange or terrifying or unlikely it may seem, I have to accept the view that He was and is God.When I first read these words, I found them to be compelling After all, if Jesus went around claiming to be God, then he really did leave us with only three options 1 Liar Jesus knew he wasnt God, but he said he was 2 Lunatic Jesus thought he was God, but he actually wasnt 3 Lord Jesus was who he said he wasGod come in the flesh.At the time, this logical trilemma made sense to me, and I considered it, among other things, a good reason for continuing to believe that Jesus was divine.However, as I continued to study the quest for Jesus, it slowly dawned on me that for many people, there was a fourth option namely, that the stories about Jesus in the Gospels in which he claims to be God are legends In other words, they are not historically true Consider, for example, the words of Bart Ehrman This is how he responds to C S Lewiss argument Jesus probably never called himself God This means that he doesnt have to be either a liar, a lunatic, or the Lord He could be a first century Palestinian Jew who had a message to proclaim other than his own divinity.Now, I suspect that some readers may be thinking What is Ehrman talking about Of course Jesus claimed to be God What about when Jesus says, I and the Father are one John 10 30 Or when he says He who has seen me has seen the Father John 14 9 Here it is necessary to make two very important points.On the one hand, most scholars admit that Jesus does claim to be divine in the Gospel of John Think here of the two occasions on which Jesus is almost stoned to death because of who he claims to be The Jews said to him, Are you greater than our father Abraham, who died Who do you claim to be Jesus said to them, Truly, truly, I say to you, before Abraham was, I am So they took up stones to throw at him John 8 52, 53, 58 59 Jesus said I and the Father are one The Jews took up stones again to stone him Jesus answered them, I have shown you many good works from the Father for which of these do you stone me The Jews answered him, We stone you for no good work but for blasphemy because you, being a man, make yourself God John 10 30 33 Notice here that Jesus refers to himself as I am Greek ego eimi John 8 58 In a first century Jewish context, I am was the name of Godthe God who had appeared to Moses in the burning bush on Mount Sinai see Exodus 3 14 In a first century Jewish context, for Jesus to take the name I am as his own is tantamount to claiming to be God Should there be any doubt about this, notice that some of the people in Jesuss Jewish audience get the point Thats why they respond by accusing him of blasphemy for making himself God Greek theos They even take up stones to kill him.On the other hand, as I came to learn, many contemporary scholars, such as Bart Ehrman, do not consider the Gospel of John to be historically true when it depicts Jesus saying these things about himself One of the most common arguments for this position is that Jesus does not make these kind of divine claims in the three earlier Gospels of Matthew, Mark, and Luke known as the Synoptic Gospels According to some scholars, we have three Gospels in which Jesus doesnt claim to be God Matthew, Mark, and Luke , and only one Gospel in which Jesus does John Now, if this were correctand as we will see later on in the book, it isntthen it would raise serious doubts about whether Jesus ever actually claimed to be God If the score is really 31, then the divine Jesus in the Gospel of John loses.More than anything else, it was this ideathe idea that Jesus never actually claimed to be Godthat led me personally to begin having serious doubts about who Jesus was It slowly dawned on me that C S Lewiss Liar, Lunatic, or Lord argument had assumed that all four Gospels including John tell us what Jesus actually did and said Take that assumption off the table and everything changes Almost Losing My ReligionTo make a long story very short by the end of my studies at Vanderbilt, my grip on the Christian faith of my youth was starting to slip By the time I was about to graduate, I didnt know what I believed any Little by little, what had started as a quest to find Jesus ended up with me on a path to losing my belief in him.Then came a major turning point in my life One evening, not long before I graduated, I was driving around the hills of Nashville by myself, and a thought suddenly dawned on me Do I really even believe in Jesus any By this point, I had pretty much accepted the idea that we didnt know who wrote the Gospels and that Jesus may not have actually claimed to be God Moreover, I didnt know what to make of passages in the Synoptic Gospels where Jesus almost seems to deny that he is God, such as when he says to the rich young man Why do you call me good No one is good but God alone Mark 10 18 I promise well look at this passage later This led me to start questioning If Jesus didnt really claim to be God, then was he Or was he just a man How could I believe in the divinity of Jesus if Jesus himself didnt teach itI ve lost count how many times I ve heard critics say the Gospels are late, anonymous, and untrustworthy sources that don t prove Jesus was divine At last there is a book that meticulously refutes these claims with an engaging discussion of the real Jesus that will benefit both scholars and laymen who read it Trent Horn, author of Answering Atheism Thanks to Dr Pitre s magnificent book, you will now be equipped to make the case for Jesus and the veracity of the Gospels to even the most ardent skeptics Perhaps importantly, you will find your own faith reawakened Jennifer Fulwiler, radio host and author of Something Other Than God In The Case for Jesus, Pitre breaks his research down, in typically accessible prose, to bring us a readable and fascinating account of how questioning one accepted academic idea put him on a path of discovery that served to strengthen, not sever, his faith Readers who loved Jesus and the Jewish Roots of the Eucharistwill come away from this book with a similar sense of gratitude for such a faith affirming presentation, and also a bit of awestruck wonder at how faith and reason can complement each other so well, when allowed to I loved this book Elizabeth Scalia, Author of Strange Gods Unmasking the Idols in Everyday Lifeand Little Sins Mean a LotBrant Pitre, who has already demonstrated his brilliant scholarship in earlier works, explains here in remarkably easy to understand ways why we can trust the Gospels Behind his effective communication, however, is wide ranging research and careful rethinking In fact, this book has given me a number of important new matters to consider myself Craig S Keener, Asbury Theological Seminary The Case for Jesustopples the nave skepticism that too often dominates the study of the Gospels by showing that the evidence for the truth of the Gospels is far stronger than is often assumed Pitre has a unique talent for putting scholarly work of the highest caliber into an accessible and engaging form This book should be on the shelf of every homilist, catechist, and Bible study leader Mary Healy, Sacred Heart Major SeminaryBrant Pitre does a stellar job setting forth a robust and rock solid case for Jesus The sensationalistic claims of super sceptics are exposed as a sham as Pitre provides a meticulous presentation of the evidence about the reliability of the Gospels, who Jesus thought he was, and what he means today A balanced, sensible, and measured book that counters the spate of hyped up conspiracy theories that do the rounds An informative and enjoyable read Michael F Bird, Ridley College, Melbourne, Australia.In this important book, one of Americas most brilliant young scholars wrestles with issues of profound importance concerning Jesus and his identity Pitre, in a lively and direct manner informed by up to date scholarship, presents a case for Jesus as the divine Son of God, fully human and fully God Along the way he bursts some scholarly bubbles and sets a much needed cat amongst the proverbial pigeons A delight to read Chris Tilling, King s College, LondonLike a room full of stale air, the popular level conversation about Christian origins could use an open window or two Thankfully, we now have one in Brant Pitres Case for Jesus Personable, accessible, engaging all supported by top notch scholarship Read it Nicholas Perrin, Dean of the Wheaton Graduate School Gill v Whitford SCOTUSblog Mar Appendix of Beverly R 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    • The Case for Jesus: The Biblical and Historical Evidence for Christ
    • 4.1
    • 358
    • Format Kindle
    • 252 pages
    • Brant Pitre
    • Anglais
    • 07 April 2016

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