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"Debunks and demolishes"
"Informative and challenging"
"A Skeptical Christopedia"
"Worth every penny if you value your sanity"
from reviews at amazon.co.uk
If you doubt that the story of Jesus originates in scripture not history, Randel Helms, Gospel Fictions will prove to be an enlightening read.
Succinct yet erudite, in 154 pages Helms shows precisely where the evangelists found their inspiration.
"Before they wrote the New Testament, Christians created another entirely new book, the Old Testament, turning the Septuagint into a book about Jesus by remarkably audacious and creative interpretation." (p53)
Any ancient writer up to the task of spinning a tale about Jesus would inevitably have been trained in the epics of Homer.
Hardly surprising, then, that the trials and tribulations of Mark's hero show extensive borrowings from the Odyssey and the Iliad. Thus argues Dennis Macdonald, The Homeric Epics and the Gospel of Mark.
"The earliest evangelist was not writing a historical biography, as many interpreters suppose, but a novel ... Mark wrote a prose epic modelled largely after the Odyssey and the ending of the Iliad ... Once the evangelist linked the suffering of Jesus to those of Odysseus, he found in the epic a reservoir of landscapes, characterisations, type-scenes, and plot devices useful for crafting his narrative." (p3,9,19)
the great moses fraud
I finally got it, the truth I now see.
This whole damn world is blind except me.
For Moses I know was a fake and a fraud: he was only a man who thought he was GOD!
Why it took so long for the truth to come why the masses are still fooled, although there are still some,
who refuse to believe those lies we're all fed, from the moment of birth until we are dead.
I just don't buy it, so don't sell it from thee, spread that lie to another just don't tell it to me!!
Those people are wack and need the facade, I'd tell them my TRUTH, but they'd just yell "PRAISE GOD"
So when I drift off at night to all my sweet dreams, they pray for me always for to them it must seem,
I'm in need of those prayers those people do pray ...
The truth is I'm enlightened and in darkness they'll stay ...
L. S. Slichenmyer