Donor challenge: For only 2 more days, a generous supporter will match your donations 2-to Triple your impact! Dear Internet Archive. Randel Helms’ “Gospel Fictions”: A Critique. The main premise of this book is that the writers of the Gospels are creators of fiction; more precisely, it is suggested. Read the full-text online edition of Gospel Fictions ().

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From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. This delightful and insightful read would be an excellent compliment to Bart Erhman’s, “Misquoting Jesus” and “Forged,” as well as Dr.

Gospel Fictions by Randel Helms

In Greek, the lingua franca of the Mediterranean world, such a figure was called a “savior” soterand the statement of his coming was called “gospel” or “good news” euangelion.

It is false to state that “accurate information was hard to come by” — Jews all over the Diaspora regularly returned to Jerusalem for the festivals, and it would be no difficult matter to find out that no one knew of such events as claimed by the missionaries. With this kind of “transferring”, literary equivocation, Helms is able to make anything suit or support his theory. Actually even in Mark the “dilemma” does not exist: How have the “supernatural” Jesus not know the time of the end Matt.

Ginger Griffin rated it really liked it Mar 04, And the few that have, usually have no clue as to their origins.

While John incorporates many of the legends of the synoptic gospels, the book of John is highly theologically evolved and comprehensive, reflecting the evolved theological complexity of the early Church at the turn of the second century and proclaiming the dogma eventually accepted by the Church as orthodox many others gospels failing to reflect this orthodoxy failed to make incorporation into the cannon.

Randel Helms

An Adventure in Freedom. If anything they would be excellent demonstrations of how the natural order served Jesus.

The comparisons to Daniel in the lion’s den are somewhat overdone: Chapter 2 23 — on Marcan priority see here 24 — on the “divine man” see here: This interesting book reveals why the gospels were written the way they were. 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.

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. But of course it was Cyrus the Persian who conquered Babylon see Ezra 1: Languages Svenska Edit links.


There is of course a break in the analogy here, since no one does such in-depth study of Oates’ book, or uses it as a manual for life on a daily basis, or recites long portions of it from memory. He notes that Jesus draws on Daniel 7 in Matthew He adds the description “withered” on his own to make a parallel.

How Helms gets this as an act of “mockery” in Matthew is unknown. In a world where most people don’t even realize the gospels weren’t written by anyone named Matthew, Mark, Luke or John and weren’t even written until nearly two generations after the alleged events occurred, Randel Helm’s older book is more needed than ever.

Typically, Mark did not consult directly the text of Isaiah, for he is clearly unaware that half his quotation, supposedly from Isa.

The man left happy. Flemming Nielsen The Tragedy in History: 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: Mark’s failure to fictikns his sources sometimes involves him in genuine historical error, as in the Sabbath controversy in chapter two.

Fidtions he came out of his contented meditation on Buddha in which he had lost himself, ficgions saw the waves and was frightened, and his feet began to sink.

The song of Zechariah, the so-called Benedictus, in Luke 1: The only problem is that archaeological digs have shown that Nain, in the Luke story, didn’t have any city walls, so there would not have been randrl gate! This necropolis had a variety of formulaic names in Egypt: Bart Ehrman and Bishop John Shelby Spong have written many excellent, lay-accessible works on the history and origins of the New Testament, and Spong is excellent in drilling home the point that the New Testament is essentially and absolutely a Jewish work which cannot possibly understood when read literally through Western eyes.

Fascinating overview of the creation of much of the narratives in the New Testament gospels. Trivia About Gospel Fictions.

This sounds strangely like events in the Gospel of Mark: Helms states and proves that the Gospels are fiction, or myths, that have little to no historical accuracy. To be able to quote the tradition from memory, to apply it in creative or appropriate ways to the situation of daily livingnot only brings honor to the speaker but lends authority to his words as well.


There is no difference between John and the Synoptics; both illustrate a client-patron relationship and the “circle dance” of grace and faith loyalty — it is also randeel to say that the Synoptics “explicitly reject” John’s word for miracles semeion for they in no way do so; they merely do not use it by choice 84 — Helms self-contradicts, at once making light of the low number of miracles in John as though it is significant, then fiction, but missing the contradictory point of, John For Matthew, like all of the gospel writers, was much less interested in reporting events than in presenting theology; Matthew was not averse to creating theological fiction in order to tell his truth about Jesus.

Deliberate imitation as praxis. Some of John’s story begins to emerge. Since there is no such area, the village must also be unnamed, being as imaginary as the province. He cannot imagine Jesus purposely fulfilling the role of Is.

Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. Rhetoriticians noted that when setting forth a statement to a judge or jury, orators should “pay attention to the question of whether he will find his hearers possessed of a personal knowledge of the things of which he is speaking, as that is the sort of statement they are most likely to believe. Helms simply asserts that the copying is equal to fiction-making. Helms also makes an issue of there having been no archaeological evidence of “gate” at Nain and claims it is fictionally transferred from the OT parallel; presumably he hasn’t consdiered that the Nainites kept their animals in the village with a wooden structure that would not survive.

Ancient biography also had no reason to mention ficgions or childhood since personality was considered static, not developed through time; unusual events might be reported from childhood, but were not required. The prophet said he could. It explains the reasons the authors of the New Testament gospell with each other, maintaining that each author or group of authors represented a different branch of Christianity at a different time, and therefore each author changed and invented narratives to promote their particular sect’s beliefs.

Helms assumes that there was no known or unknown history of Jesus and that the NT writers scoured the OT and other sources looking for material they could turn into a Jesus story.