Friday, December 31, 2010

Craig A. Evans reviews Robert Price

I have had quite a few search hits recently looking for a review of the work of Robert M. Price (i.e. Jesus did not exist guy) by Craig A. Evans. Evans provides a paragraph long review of Price's The Incredible Shrinking Son of Man in the IBR's Bulletin of Biblical Research 14/2 Spring, 2004 which is available in pdf, word and html. I believe Evans also discusses Price in Fabricating Jesus: How Modern Scholars Distort the Gospels although I have not read it.

More detailed reviews of Price are available. A wide array of good historical Jesus scholars including John Dominic Crossan, Luke Timothy Johnson, James D.G. Dunn and Darrell Bock reviewed his hypothesis that it is unlikely that Jesus existed in The Historical Jesus: Five Views (well worth $16 if you are interested in historical Jesus studies!).  Tony Costa has also reviewed Price's Jesus is Dead for the Review of Biblical Literature and it is available here. Gregory Boyd and Paul Rhodes Eddy discuss Price and a range of surrounding areas of scholarship with regard to a minimalistic view of the historical Jesus in Jesus Legend, The: A Case for the Historical Reliability of the Synoptic Jesus Tradition.


  1. Hello There,

    Noticed you taking an interest in early Christian history topics. That is something that I am also interested in. Feel free to email me if you would like to talk.

    Here is a PDF I recommend on the subject. It is called Antiqua Mater, By Edwin Johnson and can be read or downloaded here;

    Cheers! RichGriese.NET

  2. Hi again, Rich!

    I'd say 95% of this blog has always been about early Christian history topics. Thankyou for the link. It has been a long time since I have looked at Detering's collection of oddities on early Christian history. However, I probably won't have time to read much of that book with mounting thesis work.

    I would suggest you have a look into some more modern works on the rise of early Christianity. Since that book was written we have achieved much in understanding the contemporary Jewish and Graeco-Roman culture, papyrology/manuscripts and the relationship between orthodoxy and heresy which seem to write much of Johnson's various idiosyncratic theses.

  3. Rich,

    Since you seem to be insistent on early Christian history from a historian, I think I have the book. It is by Paul McKechnie, an ancient historian with a doctorate in ancient history from Oxford. The book is The First Christian Centuries: Perspectives on the Early Church