We had the launch of David’s popular book The Jesus Scandals - Why He shocked his contemporaries (and still shocks today) here at Tyndale House this morning. I was the first to buy a copy – and David was kind enough to sign it for me as well as explaining in short why he wrote the book:
Mulder: David, why did you write this book?
Instone-Brewer: I wrote this book because I want everyone to see there is historical information in the Gospels which no historian would throw out. When you look at the Gospels and see embarrassing things about Jesus – they’ve got to be true because they wouldn’t have put them in if they weren’t.
Instone-Brewer: Yes, and details about the disciples and how dubious they were; how Jesus was illegitimate; accused of alcohol abuse; how Jesus talked about child abuse ... all sort of things they would’ve liked to omit if they wanted to sell the Gospel better. But because it was real, they had to include them. That’s what scholars call the criterion of embarrassment, and I’m putting it across in newspaper style saying “Hey, here’s all the scandals!”. Every article is about one coffee cup length to read, and then it gives you something to talk abut in the pub.
Mulder: Congratulations David, it reads quite easy.
Professor Richard Bauckham has this to say on the back cover: "Fresh and intriguing ... His lively style and the parallels he draws with our own society will appeal to a wide range of readers".
Here's a little taster from the chapter called Embarrassing Resurrection:
"The concept of the genetic code helps us understand how God might rebuild our bodies, without the scars of living; and making hard-drive back-ups helps us to understand how God might preserve the contents of our mind and memory. And yet we find it as hard to convince people about the resurrection as even the earliest Christians did. Evangelism might still be much easier without the resurrection but, as Paul said ... what would be the point?" (p 80).
To get your copy, click here http://www.bethinking.org/bible-jesus/bible-scandals-contents-introduction.htm