Who Wrote the New Testament?: The Making of the Christian Myth

“The road from Jesus to the Christian religion that finally emerged in the fourth century, with its myth of Jesus as the son of God solidly in place, is a very long and twisty path. Christianity was not born of an immaculate conception. It was the product of myriad moments of intellectual labor and negotiated social agreements by the people investing in the experiment.

This discovery has been difficult for many Christians to accept. That is because the traditional picture of Christian beginnings starts with a Jesus who knows in advance what is required of him and his disciples in order to establish the Christian religion.”

From Who Wrote the New Testament, by Burton L. Mack, p 45. Mack is an author and scholar of early Christian history and the New Testament. He is John Wesley Professor emeritus in early Christianity at the Claremont School of Theology in Claremont, California.



Categories: Christianity

4 replies

  1. I have referenced Mack before on my blog. While I found his book rather boring, it is full of useful information.

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  2. Hello Sir Paul. This is my first comment on your blog.

    Well,the question “WHO WROTE THE NEW TESTAMENT?” is not correct, because it’s not written by one single person,or two or more persons unanimously agreed to name as such, rather it’s the accumulation of epistles,and the documents of anonymous gospel writers.None of the New Testament’s writers –except Paul – claimed that he was inspired, but their writings are confessions that their works were human efforts that were not intended to be holy books. If the disciples and their followers did not know or claim that they were inspired, how did Christians know that?Personal letters that have nothing to do with inspiration. Reading Paul’s and the disciples letters, will show, in many places, passages that bear witness
    that these letters and epistles are personal and have nothing to do with inspiration.

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  3. “The road from Jesus to the Christian religion that finally emerged in the fourth century, with its myth of Jesus as the son of God solidly in place, is a very long and twisty path. Christianity was not born of an immaculate conception. It was the product of myriad moments of intellectual labor and negotiated social agreements by the people investing in the experiment.”

    When you find the time, please prove the above. Detailed, specific documented facts would be the preferred form of evidence I’d like to examine.

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