Fake News and the Jesus Historian

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This article surveys a cultural phenomenon in American popular media that complicates how the historical Jesus is received: fake news. It suggests that fake Jesus news relates to the problems we face in Donald Trump-related political discourse. Moreover, the present political climate will make it even more difficult for professional historians to be heard and trusted by the general public.

Journal for the Study of the Historical Jesus

Jesus in History, Culture and Media

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Laura Sydell, “We Tracked Down A Fake-News Creator In The Suburbs. Here’s What We Learned,” National Public Radio, November 23, 2016; http://www.npr.org/sections/alltechconsidered/2016/11/23/503146770/npr-finds-the-head-of-a-covert-fake-news-operation-in-the-suburbs; accessed: December 9, 2016.

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Mathew Ingram, “Trump’s National Security Adviser Shared Fake News About Clinton,” Fortune, November 19, 2016; http://fortune.com/2016/11/19/trump-security-adviser-hoax/; accessed: December 9, 2016.

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Edgar J. Goodspeed, Strange New Gospels (Chicago: The Univ. of Chicago Press, 1931), Ch. 5.

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