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The Jewish Gospels: The Story of Jesus Christ


In July 2008 a front-page story in the New York Times reported on the discovery of an ancient Hebrew tablet, dating from before the birth of Jesus, which predicted a Messiah who would rise from the dead after three days. Commenting on this startling discovery at the time, noted Talmud scholar Daniel Boyarin argued that “some Christians will find it shocking—a challenge to the uniqueness of their theology.”

Guiding us through a rich tapestry of new discoveries and ancient scriptures, The Jewish Gospels makes the powerful case that our conventional understandings of Jesus and of the origins of Christianity are wrong. In Boyarin’s scrupulously illustrated account, the coming of the Messiah was fully imagined in the ancient Jewish texts. Jesus, moreover, was embraced by many Jews as this person, and his core teachings were not at all a break from Jewish beliefs and teachings. Jesus and his followers, Boyarin shows, were simply Jewish. What came to be known as Christianity came much later, as religious and political leaders sought to impose a new religious orthodoxy that was not present at the time of Jesus’s life.

In the vein of Elaine Pagels’s The Gnostic Gospels, here is a brilliant new work that will break open some of our culture’s most cherished assumptions.


Oh MY!!  how did I miss this one! From the synopsis provided, it looks like a fantastic read!

Need to get this one in my hands, asap!!

''at the time of Jesus’s life. '' There was no such time ! There was no historical Jesus. The gospel writers or at least one, must have used this Jewish Gospel and the ideas to incorporate into the gospels of the N.T. Not very surprising at all I must say, themes and events and even the sayings of Jesus came from older myths and scripture. This all proves that there did not exist a Christian Jesus, well no Jesus in the 1st ad at all. ! Nazareth nor Bethlehem existed at those days.