The Jesus Seminar has made a massive impact on the American understanding of the “historical Jesus.” Popular magazines have provided a remarkable amount of space for the Jesus Seminar—Time and Newsweek even made its work cover stories. At the forefront of the movement lies the work of John Dominic Crossan and Burton L. Mack, who have popularized the “Jesus as cynic sage” view.
In these works, Greg Boyd thoroughly rebuts these revisionist theories of Jesus’ life and work. These books are accessible to all thoughtful readers—from the pastor or professor, to the skeptic or average churchgoer. Boyd explores the earliest biblical and secular sources on Jesus’ life—from the Gospels to Josephus and Irenaeus—and traces the transmission and reception of Jesus’ life throughout the centuries.
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According to Gregory A. Boyd, the growing popularity of the Jesus Seminar should be of significant concern for all who hold to the historic Christian faith. Boyd thoroughly rebuts the revisionist views of the historical Jesus held by John Dominic Crossan, Burton L. Mack, and others. His serious critique of the Cynic thesis, is accessible to laypeople and of interest to thoughtful observers. As the “quest for the historical Jesus” begins anew, Boyd’s Cynic Sage or Son of God? provides an orthodox defense of the biblical Jesus.
John Dominic Crossan and Burton L. Mack have proved enormously influential in recent years with their radical views on a Jesus, as Cynic sage, who bore only remote resemblance to the Christ of the Gospels. Gregory Boyd offers the most thorough demolitions of their theories to date.
In this work, Gregory A. Boyd and Paul R. Eddy answer skeptics who doubt Jesus’ deity and even his historical existence. Boyd and Eddy evaluate the most ancient witnesses, including Josephus and Irenaeus, as well as contemporary critics in the Jesus Seminar.
This [is a] marvelous study of the historicity of the gospels and the reliability of the biblical narrative.
Both those of a modernist and those of a postmodernist bent will find this a helpful clarification of issues relating to the truth about the historical Jesus.