1 Jan Are the four canonical Gospels actual historical accounts or are they imaginative literature produced by influential literary artists to serve a. Gospel Fictions has ratings and 12 reviews. John said: Gospel Fictions is a very informative book in which author Randel Helms takes us expeditiously. Read the full-text online edition of Gospel Fictions ().

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Gospel Fictions

Now Mark nearly became lost because that was what Matthew and Luke intended should become of it; once they had, independently of each other, produced revised and expanded versions of Randle by combining it with Q and other material, they certainly did not expect or desire that some day their books would flank Mark, cheek by jowl, in a larger work we now call gopsel New Testament. Have you never read what David did when he and his men were hungry and had nothing to eat?

When Gamaliel warns the Jewish council in Jerusalem that in continuing to persecute the Christians they risked finding themselves “at war with God” [ theomachoi ] Acts 5: Helms presents much of the same scholarly material in a very condensed little page, fast-paced work.

Helms’ fictions in his “Gospel Fictions”: Get to Know Us. Still, to Nazareth he must go, for “This was to fulfill the words spoken through the prophets: My only complaint was that there was a lot of repetition, which This interesting book reveals why the gospels were written the way they were.

Helms tries to give his book an air of scholarship by putting loads of transliterated Greek into the text, this superficial attempt is overshadowed by the total lack of interaction with the relevant scholarship in a fair and balanced manner.

He does not go so far as to foolishly assert that Jesus was not an historical person or that there is no history in the Gospels.

The resurrection narratives in the last chapters of the four Gospels are effective stories that have given solace and hope to millions of believers who have not read them carefully. He apparently didn’t really read and research behind Dr. The secondary key, and what is commonly offered as a strong proof of fictionalization, is that Greek words found in the Septuagint LXXthe Greek translation of the OT, are also found in the NT stories.


After a period of hiding for the hero in both stories, the wicked king dies:. Anthony Adams rated it it was amazing Oct 09, I baptize you with water, but he will baptize you with the Holy Spirit. Helms has created a ransel work of fiction himself while attempting to call the New Testament Gospels “Fictions.

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Peter certainly believed in a historical flood, so this would be a prima facie example of use of “real history” according to the author to illustrate “real events” in his own time. Would you like to tell us about a lower price? They then used this new understanding of th I’ve had this short book recommended a couple times so I decided to finally give it a read.

This scholarly yet readable work demonstrates how the Gospels surpassed the expectations of their authors, influencing countless generations by creating a life-enhancing understanding of the nature of Jesus of Nazareth. The vast differences, and the likely inaccessibility of the Pyramid Texts Helms appeals to to John especiallyare not explained; the point that John would hardly record a story he did not believe were historical, are explained away by appeal to the unproven theory that John used a previous source, which only moves the problem back to another person.

Ginger Griffin rated it really liked it Mar 04, On the formula as an interpolation see here. Helms is also in error re languages: The God That Failed. This, of course, is not at all true, even under late-date premises.

If John wished to invoke the “spirit of Elijah,” then he would be tested to see if he deserved to do so – as indeed he was questioned by the religious leaders of his time. No one knows who wrote the Gospels, the book names were assigned rather arbitrarily decades and centuries later. When the Pharisees object that Jesus’ followers, by plucking grain on the Sabbath, do what is forbidden;’ Jesus replies: What did Paul say in his letters?


In the Egyptian myth, Osiris, who dies, has two sisters, Isis and Nepthys. I wonder if he would be that tolerant if one of his students said such things about the literature of other cultures. In this instance we DO ffictions a probable example of Matthew using an OT text that does not fit well the actual death of Judas, but as argued in the link, we do not see that he intends such a thing.

Then, after this, we are to suppose that Matthew’s “community” went on their way, problem solved, while Mark’s “community” apparently didn’t care about the problem and never did anything about it, at least not in writing, but certainly nothing leaving any evidence. Prometheus Bookshdlms Religion – pages. As always, the author writes well, and it is easy to read and follow his arguments.

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Feb 15, Greg rated it really liked it Shelves: Preview — Gospel Fictions by Randel Helms. It is often objected that NT writers badly used or misused OT passages, or used fandel out of context.

But then the Gospel of Thomas was discovered in Egypt inand by the s was widely published, translated into various modern languages from its Coptic text: Makes a strong case that a lot of them were written with the Old Testament open beside them, as they copied the stories. But now comes the next most surprising literary fact about the Book of Acts: The principal source of the story of Jesus’ arrest, beginning ficfions the cowardice of his disciples, is the book of Zechariah.

An gictions book for some A very good text for understanding the narrative structures of the Gospels. The Gnostic Notebook Omnibus: Nor does he suppose that someone just might come back and thank someone who healed them.