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Christian Myth: Origins, Logic and Legacy : Origins, Logic and Legacy - Burton Mack

Christian Myth: Origins, Logic and Legacy

Origins, Logic and Legacy

Paperback Published: 1st September 2003
ISBN: 9780826415431

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This book traces Burton Mack's intellectual evolution, from a creative analyst of ancient texts, to a scholar searching for the motives and interests of Jesus's followers who composed those texts, and for the social logic of "the Christian myths" they created. Mack rejects depictions of Jesus that have emerged from the quest for the "historical Jesus"--peasant teacher, revolutionary leader, mystical visionary or miracle-working prophet--on the grounds that they are based on a priori assumptions about Jesus, and are therefore contradictory. In addition, he argues, these portrayals are untrue to the many images of Jesus produced by the early Christians. Using systematic analysis, Mack seeks to describe and understand the cultural and anthropological influences on the conception and adoption of Christian myths and rituals.

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"Mack at his best: thoughtfully brilliant, eloquently articulate, and provocatively persuasive. For those who have long needed encouragement to leave behind the antiquarian orientation of much New Testament scholarship, The Christian Myth is both a beacon and a road map." "This is Mack at his best--thoughtful and sometimes brilliant; articulate and sometimes eloquent; persuasive and sometimes provocative and disturbing. The agenda and focus of the Christian Origins project that this book announces and begins to model are compelling. This study of Christian myth-making has the potential to help a new generation and demographic of New Testament and Early Christianity scholars make sustained creative connections to other fields and discourses. For those who have long needed encouragement to leave behind the 'merely' theological-historical antiquarianist orientation of New Testament studies, Mack's book should be considered a welcome beacon and roadmap, signalling one dramatic way outward."--Vincent L. Wimbush "This is Mack at his best thoughtful and sometimes brilliant; articulate and sometimes eloquent; persuasive and sometimes provocative and disturbing. The agenda and focus of the Christian Origins project that this book announces and begins to model are compelling. This study of Christian myth-making has the potential to help a new generation and demographic of New Testament and Early Christianity scholars make sustained creative connections to other fields and discourses. For those who have long needed encouragement to leave behind the 'merely' theological-historical antiquarianist orientation of New Testament studies, Mack's book should be considered a welcome beacon and roadmap, signalling one dramatic way outward." Vincent L. Wimbush "Mack lucidly presents a complex argument to scholars and general readers alike. Moreover, his care in outlining his project opens a window on the research process. Some may find Mack's critique unsettling, but being unsettling in the study of religion 'may finally be worthwhile.'" Booklist "His book reminds the church that the New Testament is a book one needs to learn how to read, and that the extravagant claims of Christianity are not honoured when accompanied by cultural imperialism. And faith in the person of Jesus is a precarious and astonishing gift - not a self-evident truth to be read off the page of the Gospels." Church Times 11/10/02 "Must Read" Today's Books "Must Read" --Today's Books

ISBN: 9780826415431
ISBN-10: 0826415431
Audience: BAC
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Published: 1st September 2003
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.0 x 15.2  x 1.8
Weight (kg): 0.36
Edition Number: 1

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