What Did Jesus Do?

(The New Yorker::A Critic at large) – Adam Gopnik:

This curious criterion governs historical criticism of Gospel texts: the more improbable or “difficult” an episode or remark is, the likelier it is to be a true record, on the assumption that you would edit out all the weird stuff if you could, and keep it in only because the tradition is so strong that it can’t plausibly be excluded. If Jesus says something nice, then someone is probably saying it for him; if he says something nasty, then probably he really did. …

newyorker…2010/05/24/what-did-jesus-do

Books on Jesus, as selected by Adam Gopnik

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