Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Was Jesus a historical person?

One thing that most New Testament scholars agree on is that Jesus was a real person who lived and died in first century Palestine. There is a minority, however, that questions whether or not Jesus existed. The suggest that Paul and Gospel writers invented Jesus. They often point to the lack of any evidence (physical and otherwise) outside of the Bible.

Mark Goodacre has posted installment number 47 of the NT Pod in which he tackles this question. He addresses the methodological problems related to mythicist skepticism and denying the existence of Jesus. I think it is a fair, and balanced treatment of the question.

You can listen to it here.

Coincidently, I find myself with a spare, slightly used copy of Goodacre's The synoptic Problem a way through the Maze (T & T Clark). Leave your name and I will do a book giveaway. You can enter until midnight tonight (Wednesday, Jan 12) and then I will use random.org to choose a winner.

21 comments:

  1. I also thought this was a good NT Pod. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  2. sign me up! (as long as you haven't doodled any lewd cartoons in the margins)

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  3. sign me up!
    Thanx!
    mike helbert

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  4. Sign me up too. Thanks.
    I appreciate the work you do on this blog.

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  5. I am also leaving my name. Thanks for the opportunity :)

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  6. I, David LaDow, would like to be entered.

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  7. Please enter me in the book giveaway. Even, perhaps especially, if there are lewd doodles in the margins. Thank you.

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  8. oooh, put me down for a book giveaway :)

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  9. i have no objections to lewd doodles, only doodled lewd cartoons. just for the record.

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  10. My name is Seth Clark. Sign me up for this giveaway! Thanks!

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  11. Thanks for the kind words, John. It's nice to see a few people who would like a copy of my introductory book! It's actually been out of print for some time now, and it's very expensive on the second hand market. I hope at some point to make it available on the web.

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  12. I missed the deadline big time but want the book, anyway. Thank you for bending the rules.

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