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Lord or Legend?: Wrestling with the Jesus Dilemma [Paperback]

By Gregory A. Boyd (Author) & Paul Rhodes Eddy (Author)
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Pages   192
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.4" Width: 5.5" Height: 0.6"
Weight:   0.5 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Sep 30, 2007
Publisher   Baker Publishing Group
ISBN  0801065054  
EAN  9780801065057  

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SUBTITLE: Wrestling With The Jesus Dilema

Lord or Legend? puts skeptics' claims to the test against multiple scholarly disciplines - including history, ethnography, anthropology, and folklore - to uncover fascinating truths about the historical Jesus.

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Gregory A. Boyd, formerly professor of theology at Bethel College, is senior pastor of Woodland Hills Church where average attendance has grown to 5,000 since he helped plant the church in 1992. He is the author of many books, including the critically acclaimed Seeing Is Believing and the best-selling Gold Medallion Award-winner Letters from a Skeptic. He lives in St. Paul, Minnesota.

Al Larson is a national board certified counselor and the president and founder of Dynamics of Growth Inc., a counseling, consulting, and training organization. He lives in Oakdale, Minnesota.

Gregory A. Boyd currently resides in the state of Minnesota. Gregory A. Boyd was born in 1957.

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Historical Veracity of Jesus Christ's Diety  Aug 5, 2009
Gregory A. Boyd and Paul Rhodes Eddy co-authored "Lord or Legend?" for "critically minded laypeople" in hopes that their research would "provide a solid intellectual foundation" to their faith, and they are true to their mission. The book's content is very academic in nature, covering two specific areas of study: 1) earliest religious beliefs and mythology and 2) the historical reliability of the Gospels in the Bible. This book was a challenging piece for me, and I consider myself to be a voracious and eclectic reader. Not only were the authors intellectual experts in their field--ancient historical veracity-- but their vocabulary sprang from a veritable dictionary tucked away in each mind. More than once, I found myself re-reading a sentence to grasp its message.

Due to my Christian upbringing, I have seldom had cause to consider some of the arguments touted by naturalists, so Boyd and Eddy's work was a trip into uncharted territory for me. Indeed, some of the opposing positions and interpretations of Jesus' story were absolutely fascinating! For example, Boyd and Eddy tackle "The Discrepancies within and between the Gospels" with surprising integrity, bringing to light apparent contradictions I never knew existed.

The authors also weave a fascinating thread of Jewish history and religious customs throughout their analysis of the "Lord or Legend?" debate. And since their use of the historical-critical method closely studies topics such as oral tradition, textual reconstruction, and literary corroboration, the peppered anecdotes and authors' personal insights help ease the cerebral focus of the text.

Because Boyd and Eddy so convincingly refute, or at least reasonably explain away, nearly every legend theorists' argument, I was almost relieved to read their concession that the "Testimonium Flavianum" we have today is, in all probability, a reconstructed version of Josephus's original. The authors had previously, however, established that Josephus, the single most important Jewish historian in ancient times, indisputably acknowledged Jesus' very existence. So the slight allowance for the Christian interpolation in the "Testimonium Flavianum" does little to alleviate the authors' unashamed (and valid!) bias.

"Lord or Legend?" is an invaluable volume for readers seeking intellectual, compelling arguments for and against the historical veracity of the Jesus story. Boyd and Eddy gave me a greater appreciation and understanding of the struggle some have for accepting Jesus as God, while deepening my own beliefs for accepting Jesus for Who He said He is. As they so eloquently put it, "No story could be imagined in which a lover sacrificed more for a beloved who deserved it less."
Lord or Legend  Dec 17, 2008
In Lord or Legend Boyd and Eddy are not out to prove with absolute certainty that the Bible is accurate, because they understand in reality it is impossible to prove anything about the past. They do however, present the historical evidence that is found for Jesus as not just a man, but as Christ and also evidence for the reliability of the Bible. Though they are both pastors, they have great insight that goes beyond their faith. I think this book can help Christians and non-Christians see Jesus from a different perspective then maybe they have before. It is great that someone from the Christian circle is not afraid to jump into historical and often secular discussion about Jesus. Lord or Legend? is a question we all should not be afraid to explore. I think this book is a great start to a discussion about who Jesus was historically and what that means for us now.
LORD OR LEGEND?  Dec 16, 2008
Lord or Legend? is a great introductory book to the historical Jesus. In Lord or Legend? Boyd and Eddy make a case for the historical reliability of the portrait of Jesus painted by the gospels. In making this case Boyd and Eddy expose the myth of the 'neutral' and 'unbaised', historical critical method utilized to disprove the historicity of the gospels and their account of Jesus. Boyd and Eddy demonstrate how the historical critical method and its supporters come to the text of the gospels with their own theological bagage and faith-based presuppostitions, such as a disbelief in miracles. The historical critical method which they apply to the text is then used to disprove the reliability of the gospels based on these presuppostitions. The solution that Boyd and Eddy propose is an 'open' historical critical method which attempts to come to the text unbaised and free of faith-based presuppositions.
An Open-Minded Look at the Life of Christ  Dec 8, 2008
Boyd and Eddy present excellent arguments for the credibility of the Gospels and the divinity of Christ in this book. They address all of the major claims against the reliability of Scripture with honesty and humility, admitting that they have also had their doubts in Christianity but that its truth stands up against critical examination. Boyd and Eddy do not even claim that the historical evidence proves with absolute certainty that every aspect of the Gospel's portrait of Jesus is historically accurate, but they do claim that if one remains open to the historical possibility of that portrait they will find this to be the most historically probable understanding available. Form this open outlook the authors approach such topics as belief in the supernatural, the theology and culture of first-century Judaism, the accounts of the apostle Paul, the genre of the Gospels in relation to Jewish oral traditions, the historical veracity of the Gospel texts, the credibility of the Gospel authors, the consistency and plausibility of Scripture, and the literary and archeological evidence of the Gospels. In each of these discussions Boyd and Eddy compare the claims of Scripture and the arguments against it with historical evidence and logical reasoning apart from their beliefs as Christian men and provide extremely credible conclusions for the divinity of Christ. This book is great for anyone, Christian or non-Christian, who is willing to approach the historical life of Christ with an open mind and see where the evidence leads.
Begs the Question  May 8, 2008
Whether you are a devoted Christian or not, this is not a book to rely on as to whether there was indeed a Jesus of Nazareth, and whether he was really the Son of God or not. The book starts by saying that the Buddha and Krishna were legendary figures, thereby ridiculing billions of non-Christians, and then going on to say that Jesus was "different," i.e. was "real." None of their arguments throughout the book is convincing by any means.

Book after book about Jesus, and authors who try their best to show that Jesus was not only historical, but really was divine, fail miserably. Deepak Chopra has a new way of looking at this, in his "Third Jesus," saying that aside from a historical Jesus and a divine Jesus, there was a Jesus who taught the mystical truths that we are all divine. For Chopra, what is important is the fact that Jesus was pointing to our own souls rather than to himself.

The truth has been hidden from people for centuries and furiously defended: the truth that Jesus was a mythical figure like all "gods" before him. The truth is that myth always seems like it is real. Myth teaches in the form of a story. Myth is mysteriously beautiful. Myth captivates. Myth mesmerizes. For hundreds and thousands of years, myth has kept us enchanted. The myths of Krishna, Buddha and Jesus, as for instance shown in "The Suns of God" by Acharya S and the Jesus myth revealed in the several books of Timothy Freke, starting with "The Jesus Mysteries." For a billion Hindus, Krishna is real; he was not only historical, but divine-just like Jesus for Christians. No different. Once enlightened, we realize that these mythical characters represent our own inner spirit. But even then the beauty of the myth is not lost; it maintains its charm and forms the foundation of religion. Realizing the myth is the beginning of peace and wisdom.

There is no future for peace on earth as long as the likes of the authors of this book Boyd and Eddy keep plugging on, insisting that one myth was real and the others fake. In "Lord or Legend? Wrestling with the Jesus Dilemma," the authors are really wrestling with their own credibility.

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