The Missing Gospels: Unearthing the Truth Behind Alternative Christianities

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Harper Collins, Oct 7, 2007 - Religion - 260 pages
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Perhaps you've heard the recent buzz about "alternative Christianities" and "new gospels." Speculations have shown up in magazines, documentaries, popular fiction, and even on the big screen. Much of the controversy stems from a library of ancient texts found at Nag Hammadi, Egypt. Now revolutionary questions about the Christian faith are being raised as a result of these findings:

  • Is Jesus truly a divine Savior or just a teacher of wisdom?
  • Is orthodoxy a by-product of third-century or fourth-century theologians?
  • Did Judas betray Jesus because of evil intent or a request by Jesus?
  • Does salvation include the physical body or just the soul?

Darrell L. Bock takes you on a tour of the new claims as well as the controversial writings, examining their origins and comparing them with traditional sources. With discussion questions for group or individual study at the end of each chapter, The Missing Gospels will help you understand the messages of all of these writings so you can form your own opinion. This provocative work could even change what you believe!


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User Review  - Dave Ellis -

The book is not sufficiently compelling for me to alter my beliefs, but it is instructive in the way people believed and understood Jesus at a more contemporary time to the life of the Savior. The ... Read full review

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User Review  - Sniper -

A sound Scholarly work. Great flow to the points being made. The study questions at the end of each chapter is a great tool for students. I also liked the work at the end of the book about the the ... Read full review


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Darrell L. Bock (PhD, University of Aberdeen) is research professor of New Testament studies at Dallas Theological Seminary. Known for his work in Luke-Acts, Dr. Bock is a Humboldt Scholar (Tubingen University in Germany), an editor-at-large for Christianity Today, and a past president of the Evangelical Theological Society (2000-2001). A New York Times bestselling author, Bock has written over thirty books, including Luke in the NIV Application Commentary series.

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