Scripting Jesus: The Gospels in Rewrite by L. Michael White

Scripting Jesus: The Gospels in Rewrite

byL. Michael White

Paperback | May 3, 2011

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In Scripting Jesus, Michael White, famed scholar of early Christian history, reveals how the gospel stories of Jesus were never meant to be straightforward historical accounts, but rather were scripted and honed as performance pieces for four different audiences with four different theological agendas. As he did as a featured presenter in two award-winning PBS Frontline documentaries (“From Jesus to Christ” and “Apocalypse!”), White engagingly explains the significance of some lesser-known aspects of The New Testament; in this case, the development of the stories of Jesus—including how the gospel writers differed from one another on facts, points of view, and goals. Readers of Elaine Pagels, Marcus Borg, John Dominic Crossan, and Bart Ehrman will find much to ponder in Scripting Jesus.

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L. Michael White is Ronald Nelson Smith Chair in Classics and Christian Origins and the director of the Institute for the Study of Antiquity and Christian Origins at the University of Texas at Austin. He is the author ofFrom Jesus to Christianityand has been featured in and co-written two award-winning PBSFrontlinedocumentaries.
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Title:Scripting Jesus: The Gospels in RewriteFormat:PaperbackDimensions:528 pages, 9 × 6 × 1.32 inPublished:May 3, 2011Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:006122880X

ISBN - 13:9780061228803

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?No one interested in the telling of a story, especially those taken by the Gospel stories of Jesus, will be able to put down Scripting Jesus.White helps the reader of the Gospels by reading carefully, closely and deeply.He draws our attention to the cast of characters in each Gospel; pulls out the ?habits? of each Gospel writer; and shows how all of them is scripted.But he doesn?t leave the scripting to the canonical Gospels-- he draws the reader to the legendary Gospels.[He accomplishes] all of this with vivid awareness of the ancient story telling in the Greco-Roman world.This book will engage the listener as well as the teller of tales.? (Kent Harold Richards, Executive Director and Professor of Old Testament, Society of Biblical Literature.)