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William Harwood

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The Jewish Gospels: The Story of the Jewish Christ, by Daniel Boyarin (New York: New Press, 2012, ISBN 978-1-59558-4687) 223 pp. Hardcover, $21.95.


Author Daniel Boyarin’s approach in The Jewish Gospels: The Story of the Jewish Christ seems akin to one that believers in Mother Goose and Santa Claus might take. Instead of focusing on the doctrines that separate them, they look for points in common so that they can present a united front to critics who review the evidence and conclude, “a plague on both your delusions.” Likewise, a book that tries to harmonize Mosesism with Jesusism is comparable with a book that tries to harmonize flat-earth geography with hollow-earth geography, without attempting to rebut the evidence of round-earth geographers.

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