Just finished a very good book: Craig Evans’ Fabricating Jesus: How Modern Scholars Distort the Gospels. Evans is a prodigious scholar, expert in Old Testament, New Testament, the Dead Sea Scrolls, and all the ancient languages. He was one of the handful of experts chosen by the National Geographic Society to study the recently discovered Gospel of Judas.
He puts that range of skills and experience to good use in this book. But he brings still more to the task. Evans brings faith. He’s a believer, well practiced in preaching the Gospel in an intelligent and very persuasive way. This book is a model of clarity, thoroughness, and accessibility.
I used to complain that Christian scholars did too little to offset the misinformation that ex-Christian scholars were feeding to the popular media — especially about the Gnostic gospels. Now, it seems, we have an embarrassment of riches. In the last month or so, I’ve posted a review of N.T. Wright’s Judas and the Gospel of Jesus: Have We Missed the Truth about Christianity? and a review of Darrell Bock’s The Missing Gospels: Unearthing the Truth Behind Alternative Christianities. All of these are worth reading, especially as we prepare for the mainstream media’s annual Easter uprising against all traditional beliefs about Jesus Christ.
And that is not all, oh no, that is not all. The next book in the pile of goodies on my desk: Richard Bauckham’s Jesus and the Eyewitnesses: The Gospels as Eyewitness Testimony.
We live in amazing times.