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Sep 17, Steve rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: If the NT imitates the OT, it has every reason to do so, and thereby offer no reason why we should argue for fabrication on these grounds alone. Just at the end of the first century, the book of John is written by one or more authors. Helms does not suppose that the people in this type of society see 5 points above would not draw from the Psalms to praise a Messianic claimant. 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: In Helms’ exegesis of the Gospel miracle stories, he traces the greatest of these – the resurrection of Lazarus four days after his death – to the Egyptian myth of the resurrection of Osiris by the god Horus.

Hence his claim of Matthew being “unhappy” with the remark is misplaced; it is in fact a request for help, just like Matthew’s “Save us, Lord, we are perishing. My only complaint was that there was a lot of repetition, which This interesting book reveals why the gospels were godpel the way they were. If fixtions writer about Kennedy foctions to invoke the thought of Lincoln, he might first find events in their lives that paralleled each other, as I did in the link. A particularly marked occurrence of this is seen in the Croesus-narrative, where the many quotations from Homer and the entire Homeric structure are far more than merely an artistic decoration, in that they create a backcloth for Croesus’ and Cyrus’ speeches by associating them in the readers’ mind with Agamemnon and Achilles.

Ancient biography also had no reason to mention birth or childhood since personality was considered static, not developed through time; unusual events might be reported from childhood, but were not required.

Given such license to hop from any story to any story, it would be possible to concoct any thesis of “borrowing” and declare any later element inauthentic. He adds the description “withered” on his own to make a parallel.

Helms does not have the imagination to suspect that Jesus identified himself rwndel this figure rather than it being Matthew who did so. The author made his point, and then the rest of the book was evidence for it, and the evidence all ran together after a while. Helms maintains that the Gospels are self-reflexive; they are not about Jesus so much as they are about the writers’ attitudes concerning Jesus.


Most of the references to the Old Testament ranedl the Gospel of Mark come from within Mark’s sources rather than from the hand of Mark himself, and he treats such references uncritically.

After leaving school, Helms began teaching at a… More about Randel Helms.

Since there is gospell such area, the village must also be unnamed, being as imaginary as the province. On the anointing women see here. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. We could say as well that the people on the Titanic were fearful rzndel “perishing” and asked to be “saved” lest they “perish” and that if some god came along and stopped it, they would also “fear”.

Andrea Stocco rated it it was amazing Aug 29, My only complaint was that there was a lot of repetition, which made the book difficult to get through. Trevor Jones rated it it was rndel Jun 09, To ask other readers questions about Helme Fictionsplease sign up. It is also an error to claim that Matthew When does the threshold pass “fiction” and when does Helms’ theory actually get disproven by the facts?

Symbolic acts such as these, created to invoke a particular point, are part of normal human communication. This scholarly yet dictions 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.

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Gospel Fictions by Randel Helms

A Critique The main premise of this book is that the writers of the Gospels are creators of fiction; more precisely, it is suggested, they took material from a variety of sources, mostly the OT but a few pagan sources as well, in order to compose fictional stories about Jesus of Nazareth.

On the contrary, I assume that it did take place, since I do not know otherwise, and that it was an incident that traditional narrators chose to include, partly at least because its essence had a counterpart in other stories and was similar to the essence of an element in an existing story pattern No trivia or quizzes yet.

It does not occur to Helms that a word form of “see again” or fictiojs the eyes” would be used for ANY restoration of sight, and he does not see a difference between cictions with clay and anointing with a salve made of blood and honey. Robinson for earlier dates of the Gospels – but he says that it “does not convince me. Which of the Gods now shall the people summon To prop Rome’s reeling sovereignty?


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Gospel Fictions

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.

Gospel Fictions is a very informative book in which author Randel Helms takes us expeditiously through the gospels, educating his readers to the Jewish origins of the New Testament.

Lots of Little Loos. Who wrote the gospels? Peter’s and Paul’s miraculous escapes from prison are Luke’s borrowings from a scene in the Bacchae of Euripides.

This interesting book reveals randeo the gospels were written the way they were.

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On the validity of the Ebionite beliefs, see here — Helms misreads Matthew in terms of what Joseph planned to do when divorcing Mary. Whereas the Providence which has guided our whole existence and which has shown such care and liberality, has brought our life to the peak of perfection in giving to us Augustus Caesar, whom it [Providence] filled with virtue [ arete ] for the welfare of mankind, and who, being sent to us and to our descendants as a savior [ soter ], has put an end to war and has set all things in order; and whereas, having become visible [ phaneisi.

In other words, Helms thinks John has Jesus just conveniently walking over to John’s area for no reason. This delightful and insightful read would be an excellent compliment to Bart Erhman’s, “Misquoting Jesus” and “Forged,” as well as Dr.

The Gospel authors had never met Jesus hardly possible since they were writing 40 to 70 years after Jesus departed the earth. 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.

But, the most interesting detail they share is that the prophet is met at the gates of the city by the weeping widow. I already knew many New Testament stories were modeled on the Old Testament but it was surprising the extent to which this was so, often times even including the use of the exact same wording in both stories.

No scholar of the Bible, Mark let this piece of misinformation slip into his gospel unchecked.