Jesus Before the Gospels: How the Earliest Christians Remembered, Changed, and Invented Their Stories of the Savior

Jesus Before the Gospels: How the Earliest Christians Remembered, Changed, and Invented Their Stories of the Savior


The bestselling writer of Misquoting Jesus, probably the most well known and debatable Bible students on the planet at the present time examines oral culture and its position in shaping the tales approximately Jesus we come across within the New Testament—and eventually in our knowing of Christianity.

Throughout a lot of human heritage, our most crucial tales have been handed down orally—including the tales approximately Jesus sooner than they turned written down within the Gospels. during this attention-grabbing and deeply researched paintings, top Bible student Bart D. Ehrman investigates the position oral background has performed within the New Testament—how the telling of those tales not just unfold Jesus’ message yet assisted in shaping it.

A grasp explainer of Christian historical past, texts, and traditions, Ehrman attracts on more than a few disciplines, together with psychology and anthropology, to check the function of reminiscence within the construction of the Gospels. Explaining how oral culture evolves according to the most recent clinical learn, he demonstrates how the act of telling and retelling affects the tale, the storyteller, and the listener—crucial insights that problem our standard old knowing of the silent interval among whilst Jesus lived and died and while his tales started to be written down.

As he did in his past books on non secular scholarship, debates on New testomony authorship, and the lifestyles of Jesus of Nazareth, Ehrman combines his deep wisdom and meticulous scholarship in a compelling and eye-opening narrative that might swap the way in which we learn and examine those sacred texts.

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