ISRAEL AND EGYPT
In this carefully researched study of Egyptian history and the Five Books of Moses, Greenberg traces out the political and religious struggles in Egypt following the death of the monotheistic Pharaoh Akhenaten and shows how a civil war between the followers of Akhenaten, led by Moses, an adopted heir to the throne of Egypt, and military opponents of Akhenaten led to the Exodus.
“An ingenious comparison of biblical and Egyptian history”. St Louis Post-Dispatch
Genesis Chronology and Egyptian King-Lists: The Egyptian Origins of Genesis History. Volume I: Egypt’s Dynastic Period
Astonishing discoveries about the origins of the first book of the bible. Based on a deep and thorough examination of the many problems in establishing an accurate Egyptian chronology, Greenberg makes a compelling case that an alignment of the Genesis birth-death chronology with the High Egyptian Chronology favored by many Egyptologists demonstrates a precise one-to-one relationship between most Genesis birth and death dates and the starting years for Egypt’s first eighteen dynasties and many of its most important kings.
101 Myths of the Bible examines many of the most famous stories in the Old Testament and shows the various influences that led to the writing. Among the subjects explored are the earlier versions of many biblical stories that were told among Israel’s neighbors, the strong Egyptian influences on many of the biblical accounts, and the internal political and religious feuds in ancient Israel that led to various propagandistic versions of earlier history.
The topic may be controversial but the content is fascinating and thought provoking. . . . This riveting and intelligent study has relevance to a wide audience of biblical scholars. Today’s Librarian.
King David has become one of the most popular and beloved heroes in the entire bible. But how was he perceived by those who knew him in the time that he became ruler over the Hebrew people? In this challenging and controversial biography Greenberg offers compelling evidence that David was widely despised among the ancient Israelites, that he attempted a military coup to overthrow King Saul, that he arranged for the assassination of his various opponents, that he allied himself with the Philistines against Israel, and that he conquered Israel by force of arms and relied on Philistine allies to keep himself in power against ongoing popular resistance from the people of Israel.
I heartily recommend this substantial volume [It] is a worthy addition to the library of first-rate and challenging books on [King} David. Dr. David Noel Freedman, Editor-in-Chief of the Anchor Bible Project
Manetho: A Study in Egyptian Chronology: How Ancient Scribes Garbled an Accurate Chronology of Dynastic Egypt
“An excellent and well-written analysis that makes a valuable contribution to the study of Egyptian chronology and king-lists. Greenberg shows that Manetho originally had a highly accurate record of Egyptian chronology but that it was severely altered in the course of transmission. Of particular interest is his reconstruction of Manetho’s original Twelfth Dynasty and Second Intermediate Period chronologies and his demonstration that Manetho’s chronology paralleled that of the Turin Canon far more often than previously recognized.” Frank Joseph Yurco, Egyptologist, Field Museum, Chicago.
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The Judas Brief: A Critical Investigation into the Arrest and Trials of Jesus and the Role of the Jews
The Gospels charges that Jewish authorities sought to kill Jesus and pressured Pontius Pilate to crucify him have fueled two millennia of virulent anti-Semitism. The Judas Brief offers the first full-scale historically based rebuttal to these Gospel accusations. Greenberg concludes that not only did the Jewish authorities not seek to have Jesus put to death, they acted to save him and his followers and other innocent Jews from a crushing military assault by Roman soldiers. The true villain in all of this, says Greenberg, was Herod Antipas, the Roman ruler of Galilee.
“a keen eye for the ways religious and political motives have shaped the story of Jesus’ arrest and execution.” Catholic Biblical Quarterly
“Gary Greenberg is a superb intellectual detective, following up on tantalizing clues in ancient texts to uncover sources and insights that others have missed. In this latest work, he traces similarities between the Gospel of John and the earlier Gospel of Mark. In so doing, he makes a remarkable discovery about the relationship between these two texts. Carefully crafted, well written, based on historical and literary analysis, Greenberg’s book enhances our understanding not only of the Gospels of John and Mark but the process whereby the gospels themselves came to be.” Barrie Wilson, Professor Emeritus and Senior Scholar, Religious Studies, York University, Toronto.
In this innovative study of the Fourth Gospel, Greenberg introduces important new perspectives on synoptic problems and challenges many theories about the nature of John’s sources and composition practices. His analysis shows that the author of John knew a written version of Mark’s gospel, had strong theological objections to how Mark depicted the nature and story of Jesus and the gospel message, and composed his gospel as a theologically corrected rewrite of Mark, using the latter’s gospel as a narrative guideline for his own composition.
“Some of G.’s keen observations are well taken and should generate further discussion. In fact, their presence makes the book recommended reading for serious students of John’s Gospel.” Theological Studies 80(3)
Matthew, Mark, Luke and John Did Not Write the Gospels, at least, not according to modern New Testament scholarship. The evidence shows that all four Gospels were written anonymously, and for almost two centuries after they were completed early Christians had no idea who wrote them. Eventually, guesses became traditions and traditions became dogma. Gary Greenberg takes you inside the complex and poorly understood world of modern Gospel text and source criticism and provides a simple easy to follow guide that shows how New Testament scholars arrive at these challenging conclusions.
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