Casey & the “Mythical” Jesus
I’ve just learned of the publication of another book addressing the “mythical Jesus” issue, by Professor Maurice Casey (Emeritus Prof, Nottingham University), with the provocative title: Jesus: Evidence and Argument or Mythicist Myths? (London: Bloomsbury, 2014). The link to the publisher’s page on the book is here.
It will be apparent from the title that Casey (along with practically every scholar who has considered the matter) doesn’t buy the “mythicist” case. He is a long-time acquaintance and a well-published and noted scholar in NT. Because identifying a person as a traditional Christian is sometime invoked (by self-styled “sceptics”) as an excuse to ignore whatever he/she says about Jesus or anything to do with Christian origins, I’ll also mention that this hardly applies to Casey. He doesn’t argue with a view to trying to protect Christian belief or believers. Whatever the strength of his arguments, he’s not doing apologetics!
I haven’t yet read it (it just appeared), but I suspect that it will feature the no-nonsense and pull-no-punches approach for which he is so well known in NT studies!