New Robert M. Price's book is different

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New Robert M. Price's book is different

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https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/613 ... he-gospels

What if we have been missing a whole stage of how the canonical gospels came to be? What if there were a whole raft of prior Jesus narratives, the fragmentary vestiges of which now appear in Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John? This would explain why these gospels seem over-crowded with incompatible understandings of Jesus ("Christologies")? In The Gospels Behind the Gospels, innovative biblical scholar Robert M. Price attempts to reassemble the puzzle pieces, disclosing several earlier gospels of communities who imagined Jesus as the predicted return of the prophet Elijah, the Samaritan Taheb (a second Moses), a resurrected John the Baptist, a theophany of Yahweh, a Gnostic Revealer, a Zealot revolutionary, etc. As these various sects shrank and collapsed, their remaining followers would have come together, just as modern churches and denominations seek to survive by merging and consolidating. Our canonical gospels might be the result. Similarly, Price explores the possibility that Paul, Apollos, Cephas, and Christ were originally figureheads of rival sects who eventually merged in much the same way. You will never read the gospels the same way again!

What is different from other books is that while other mythicists are focused to identify who were the "early Christians" or the "earliest gospel", Robert M. Price gives up to this effort and only reveals what is the more probable theology behind any passage of the gospels or of the epistles, without no interest for attempts of harmonizing.

Hence, while the other mythicists are focused on the evolution ex uno plures, Bob Price's focus is on the evolution ex pluribus unum. He leaves to the reader the freedom of choosing the identity, among different earliest rival doctrines, of the "original", if this term has yet a sense, after the deconstruction worked by Bob Price .
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Re: New Robert M. Price's book is different

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Giuseppe wrote: Wed Aug 03, 2022 8:04 pm
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/613 ... he-gospels



... disclosing several earlier gospels of communities who imagined Jesus as the predicted return of the prophet Elijah, the Samaritan Taheb (a second Moses), a resurrected John the Baptist, a theophany of Yahweh, a Gnostic Revealer, a Zealot revolutionary, etc. ...


I wonder if Price uses or intends to use M David Litwa's Found Christianities

(the book is due in mid January 2023 from Pitchstone Publishing https://www.dymocks.com.au/book/the-gos ... 1634312387)


Giuseppe wrote: Wed Aug 03, 2022 8:04 pm
. Similarly, Price explores the possibility that Paul, Apollos, Cephas, and Christ were originally figureheads of rival sects who eventually merged

Others might meet such criteria of being figureheads of rival early sects eg. Simon [Magus] of Samiria, Carpocrates, and possibly others
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Re: New Robert M. Price's book is different

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Not to be confused with

https://brill.com/view/title/543#:~:tex ... gnificance.

If he does mention Thomas (and / or Philip) more than just a bit, and if he points to the NHL for their Chrestian complexion: I wonder to which extent his attribution will be in order

But for now it looks like this is merely a follow up of

https://www.gcrr.org/post/the-problem-w ... rt-m-price

Nothing new then really, the "Essene etc story" has been narrated countless times already
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