What Jesus Didn't Say
by Gerd Lüdemann
Biblical historians have long held that the New Testament abounds in sayings incorrectly attributed to Jesus. In order to assemble as complete a collection of authentic sayings as possible, they have, for the most part, been intent on seeing how the sayings deemed authentic are connected to one another, and attempting to picture their specific contexts. In What Jesus Didn’t Say, Gerd Lüdemann flips the coin and focuses on the inauthentic words of Jesus—not only those thought to be clear inventions, but also sayings that exhibit noteworthy alterations to their original form and intent.
Gerd Lüdemann is is Professor of New Testament at the University of Göttingen, Germany, Director of the Institute of Early Christian Studies, and Founder and Director of the Archive “Religionsgeschichtliche Schule” at the University of Göttingen. He has also served as Visiting Scholar at Vanderbilt Divinity School in Nashville, Tennessee, and as co-chair of the Society of Biblical Literature Seminar on Jewish Christianity. His many books include The Earliest Christian Text: 1 Thessalonians (forthcoming, 2013), The Great Deception, The Unholy in Holy Scripture, and Heretics: The Other Side of Early Christianity.