I’m not turning into an atheist. Don’t let the title fool you. The full title of the book is Fabricating Jesus: How Modern Scholars Distort the Gospels by Craig A. Evans.
From the inside cover:
Did Jesus have a child by Mary Magdalene? Was he a Cynic? Or was he a mystic, perhaps even a Gnostic? Did he fake his death and sneak out of the holy land? Did he escape to Egypt? Did he write letters to the Jewish court and explain that it was all a mistake, that he never claimed to be the Son of God? Did he celebrate the Last Supper with friends – twenty-five years after his crucifixion? Has the grave of his father been found? Are there better sources than the New Testament Gospels for the life and teaching of Jesus? Do the Dead Sea Scrolls talk about Jesus? Is there a conspiracy to hide the truth? Indeed, did Jesus ever really exist?
Recent books have made all these claims. Craig Evans shows why the majority of New Testament scholars do not and should not attempt such claims.
Over the next few days, I will be reading this book and blogging my thoughts as I read through it.