Donor challenge: For only 2 more days, a generous supporter will match your donations 2-to Triple your impact! Dear Internet Archive. Randel Helms’ “Gospel Fictions”: A Critique. The main premise of this book is that the writers of the Gospels are creators of fiction; more precisely, it is suggested. Read the full-text online edition of Gospel Fictions ().

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How Helms deduces that descriptions of Jesus as compassionate lead to a conclusion that there gosple “fiction” at work is a mystery that would also render the descriptions of the likes of Mother Theresa fictitious. We could say as well that the gosppel on the Titanic were fearful of “perishing” and asked to be “saved” lest they “perish” and that if some god came along and stopped it, they would also “fear”. Our own 21st century minds find such demonstrative actions difficult to comprehend – perhaps because we are over-saturated with television advertisements that try to do much the same thing.

That its essence was consonant with an elements in a traditional mythic i. What the Christians did, was take the Old Testament and changed it from being a fictikns on Jewish law and history, turned it into a predictive text for Jesus the Messiah. Bart Ehrman and Bishop John Shelby Spong have written many excellent, fictiond works on the history and origins of the New Testament, and Spong is excellent in drilling home the point that the New Testament is essentially and absolutely a Jewish work which cannot possibly understood when read literally through Western eyes.

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Have you never read what David did when he and his men were hungry and had nothing to eat? This scholarly yet readable work demonstrates how the Gospels surpassed the expectations of their authors, influencing countless generations by creating a life-enhancing understanding of the nature of Jesus of Nazareth.

On Luke’s account of the census hrlms — Helms writes generally as if the LXX gave the Christians ammunition lacking in the Hebrew text, but gives little in the way of examples of how the text was less “helpful” in Hebrew; see more here. Helms begins his book by radel that he writes as a literary critic of the four Gospels, not as a debunker … then he proceeds with a thorough debunking.

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Matthew’s words agree more closely with the Hebrew text of Zechariah than with the Septuagint, but his understanding of the passage follows the Greek version, implying fixtions animals: Why is it not that Jesus did miracles like this regularly and that Mark and others had a stock of actual incidents to choose from? This book represents scholarship well-communicated. Not only does Mark employ the apocalyptic device of the fictive seer “foretelling” the immediate past of the author, he uses the very words of the Book of Daniel in its Septuagint Greek version as the basis for Jesus’ “prediction” of the destruction of Jerusalem in 70 C.


Anyone familiar with the colorful world of comic book continuity will recognize that the Bible can create narrative knots as well as any Marvel or DC comic. For our critique of Helms’ second book, go here. Of course this again says nothing about historicity, but it gives ancient writers every motive to report what they say, true or false, in terms recognizable from previous experience.

If Helms’ theory were consistent, then he would argue that Peter is “fictionalizing” the practice of baptism.

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The only way he would be baptized would be for a different purpose — which is, as is obvious from the divine voiceover that follows in all three versions, because of obedience: There is of course a break in the analogy here, since no one does such in-depth study of Oates’ book, or uses it as a manual for life on a daily basis, or recites long portions of it from memory.

This is a good mix of original ideas and established scholarship. As Jesus said that the man born blind was born that way not because of any sin of his parents, but so that God’s purpose might be made manifest through his healing, so is it not reasonable to suggest that typological parallels find their actions in the will of Deity, for the purpose of our own direction and edification? On the fig tree see here.

Would God trust such intimate and blanket control of the Holy Spirit to any old shmoe who had a laundry list of sins in his past? Healing Story Two The man was deaf. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. How have the “supernatural” Jesus not know the time of the end Matt.

This is not revolutionary. Similarly today, a hunger striker may fast 14 hours, one for each of 14 prisoners being held against their will.

As for Mark 8: Volumes Georgia State University. Sometimes it comes down to a few words to understand a meaning and reference. One of the most puzzling aspects of this first miracle in the Fourth Gospel is Jesus’ rqndel to his mother: Helms’ reasons for regarding Mark as “primitive” are false.


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Robert Gundry concludes that since it “is supposed that no apostle [like Matthew] would have used the work of a non-apostle [like Mark]”49these wishful thinkers reject the Two-Source Theory and point to Papias, as reported by Eusebius: University of Washington, Chairman: How did Matthew feel justified in making such a major change in Mark, a source he obviously regarded, for the most part, as authoratative? This scholarly yet readable work demonstrates how the Gospels surpassed the expectations of their authors, influencing countless generations by creating a life-enhancing understanding of the nature of Jesus of Nazareth.

Rather than conclude, as this suggests, that Mark and Matthew are reporting historical events which were later reflected upon and described using OT passages as indeed Jesus’ entry would have been a deliberate invoking of Zechariah Helms comcludes that Mark “seems not to have been aware” that the story was created from Zechariah’s text. Stan rated it really liked it Jan 14, Jesus’ command to “make all nations my disciples” is Matthew’s rendering of Daniel’s “All nations, tribes, and languages shall serve him.

That is the general conclusion of author, Randel Helms. This relates as well to the ancient prejudice against anything new. Matthew composed the Logia ta logia in the Hebrew tongue and everyone interpreted them as he was able.

Ryan rated it it was amazing Feb 11, The allusion to swaddling clothes Helms finds reflects a universal practice of the day of swaddling infants Malina and Rohrbaugh, social science commentary on Luke 2: The certificate before 2 or 3 witnesses was actually a very “quiet” or “private” form of divorce compared to a public taking to court in which Joseph could have demanded his dowry back and made a big public fuss about it.

Helms analyzes the best-known and the most powerful of these fictions: Matthew enriches his account with a fascinating addition about Peter’s effort to copy his Lord. In this manner, the Persian wars are shown no less important than the Trojan war, the Persian-Greek conflict being a repetition of the war between Achaens and Trojans.