Who Wrote the New Testament?: The Making of the Christian Myth Character Descriptions

Burton L. Mack
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Jesus

Very little is known about this historical figure, and the author, Mack, notes that the facts of this person's death are unknown, but the transformation of this person by later generations of Christians is highly important to Christian myth.

Paul

This person was an educated Jew, and a conservative Pharisee who once persecuted Christians but later converted and joined them. This person is the author of several of the books that are included in the New Testament, although not all of the books attributed to this person are by the same author, Mack claims.

Mark

This person presented a biography of Jesus that borrowed from the Sayings Gospel Q and arranged them into stories from Jesus' life. This person focused on the plot to kill Jesus and his conflict with the Jewish leaders and Roman authority in Jerusalem.

Matthew

This person was a Jewish Christian, and the...

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