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How the Gospels Became HistoryJesus and Mediterranean Myths$
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M. D Litwa

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9780300242638

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: January 2020

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300242638.001.0001

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Jesus Myth Theory

Jesus Myth Theory

(p.22) Chapter One Jesus Myth Theory
How the Gospels Became History

M. David Litwa

Yale University Press

This chapter analyzes and critiques the comparative method of three scholars who advocated the (virtual) nonexistence of Jesus: Bruno Bauer, Thomas L. Brodie, and Richard Carrier. It exposes an assumption of antiquity that has been carried over and accentuated in modern times: that the historical connotes the “real” or “true”; thus to be historical is to be true. If something is thereby not historical, but a combination of mythic motifs, it is not real.

Keywords:   Bruno Bauer, Thomas L. Brodie, Richard Carrier, Maurice Casey, Mythicists, The Hero Pattern, Sky Demons, Dying and Rising Gods, Fundamentalism

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