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The Historical Jesus and New Testament Rubbish: Part One: The Road to Golgotha

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Crossan also notes that, because the two earliest complete New Testaments in existence do not contain the last twelve verses of Mark, his gospel actually ended with: "So they went out and fled from the tomb, for terror and amazement had seized them; and they said nothing to anyone, for they were afraid." (Mark 16:8) Yet, if that's how Mark actually ended, how did Mark find out that the women saw a young man in a white robe inside an otherwise empty tomb?

All of this leads Crossan to conclude: "the empty-tomb story is neither an early historical event nor a late legendary narrative but a deliberate Markan creation." (p. 558)

Professor Vermes probably would dispute that last assertion, if only because he believed that "the themes of the identity, suffering and resurrection of the Messiah" were "inserted" into the gospels "under the impact of early church tradition." (p. 76)

Part Two of this essay will examine the transformation of the historical Jesus of Nazareth, the messenger of God, into Jesus Christ -- the message of God.

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Walter C. Uhler is an independent scholar and freelance writer whose work has been published in numerous publications, including The Nation, the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, the Journal of Military History, the Moscow Times and the San (more...)

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I was going to print this out and study it, but I ... by Suzana Megles on Tuesday, Oct 8, 2013 at 9:11:51 AM
My "agenda" is scholarship and the attempt to dist... by Walter Uhler on Tuesday, Oct 8, 2013 at 9:50:53 AM
Trying to understand the history behind any one re... by anna kakol on Tuesday, Oct 8, 2013 at 4:30:23 PM
This is very well stated. ... by Walter Uhler on Tuesday, Oct 8, 2013 at 4:44:49 PM
It is not "news" that the Bible is not the word of... by Derryl Hermanutz on Tuesday, Oct 8, 2013 at 6:09:19 PM
From where I stand, I don't quite understand why i... by anna kakol on Tuesday, Oct 8, 2013 at 3:46:08 PM
Did people actually see and experience these thing... by anna kakol on Tuesday, Oct 8, 2013 at 4:07:37 PM
 As a student of a great historian, it's esse... by Walter Uhler on Tuesday, Oct 8, 2013 at 5:08:43 PM
It was not my intent to negate what I posted in re... by anna kakol on Tuesday, Oct 8, 2013 at 6:20:02 PM
To this day in the Middle East history is passed v... by Stephen Pizzo on Wednesday, Oct 9, 2013 at 2:46:52 PM
I recommend reading About Christianity, an article... by E. J. N. on Tuesday, Oct 8, 2013 at 8:58:54 PM
It is a hoax that succeeded.... by Mahalingam Santhri N on Wednesday, Oct 9, 2013 at 4:00:10 AM
It was only partly a hoax. Much truth remains in t... by E. J. N. on Wednesday, Oct 9, 2013 at 1:33:43 PM
Perhaps a deeper question we should ask is "where ... by Burl Hall on Thursday, Oct 10, 2013 at 3:27:12 AM
You're right, Burl. What we seek and need most ult... by E. J. N. on Thursday, Oct 10, 2013 at 2:20:39 PM