Saturday, September 15, 2007
The Jesus Legend
I'm in the process of reading The Jesus Legend (Grand Rapids, Michigan: Baker Academic, 2007) by Paul Rhodes Eddy and Gregory Boyd. It argues for the historicity of the view of Jesus presented in the Synoptic gospels. It interacts with liberal scholarship in general, but also responds to some of the less popular elements of liberal scholarship, such as Robert Price and others who are skeptical of Jesus' existence. I'm only about 80 pages into it, but if the remainder of the book is as good as what I've read so far, it's one of the best books I've seen arguing for the traditional Christian view of Jesus. You can read the endorsements from Richard Bauckham, Craig Keener, and other scholars on the amazon.com page, under the "From the Back Cover" heading. They also allow you to search the book, so you can read some portions of it online. The book is around 450 pages long, and it's heavily footnoted, so it's going to take me a while to read through it, but I want to direct people's attention to it now. I recommend getting it.