Who was Jesus of Nazareth? Was he a miracle-working savior who walked on water as the gospels claim? Or was he a mythical figure, a Jewish variant of the dying-and-rising gods found in pagan belief? In Jesus Eclipsed: How Searching the Scriptures Got in the Way of Recounting the Facts, David Chumney suggests that the truth is more nuanced, and it will be found only by recognizing the clear scriptural influences on the gospel accounts of Jesus.
In the tradition of scholars such as Bart Ehrman, Chumney offers readers a chance to engage in critical study of what biblical texts can reveal about the Jesus of history, while firmly rejecting mythicist claims that Jesus never existed.
A small handful of writings, alongside the gospels, provide the only sources of credible information about Jesus. Historians want to know more, but as Chumney's new book shows, the church's efforts to make the story of Jesus conform to Old Testament prophecies leaves historians with little reliable data.
Buttressed by reputable academic sources and offering readers avenues for further study, Jesus Eclipsed will appeal to freethinkers seeking a careful, evidence-based look at the historical Jesus and his true place in the annals of the past.
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