Hidden Gospels: How the Search for Jesus Lost its Way

Paperback | September 15, 2002

byPhilip Jenkins

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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 historicalmethodologies, 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 contemporaryChristianity.

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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 co...

Philip Jenkins is Distinguished Professor of History and Religious Studies at Pennsylvania State University. He is the author of many books, including Pedophiles and Priests: Anatomy of a Social Crisis, Mystics and Messiahs: Cults and New Religions in American History, and The Next Christendom: The Coming of Global Christianity. He li...

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Format:PaperbackPublished:September 15, 2002Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 13:9780195156317

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Davinci code debunked So you have read Dan Brown Davinci Code and persumed that it is fiction . Think again, it it is more than this. It is media manupulation of the masses. Do your self a favour and read Philip Jenkins The Hidden Gospels, How the search for Jesus lost its way .
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"...nontechnical, lucid, and well argued."--Choice