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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Pimlico; New Ed edition (6 Mar. 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0712606971
  • ISBN-13: 978-0712606974
  • Product Dimensions: 15.4 x 2.1 x 23.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
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"A.N. Wilson writes like an angel" (New Statesman and Society)

"Those exceptional talents displayed in his biographies are combined with those equally splendid gifts of imaginative writing which characterise his novels" (Literary Review)

"Many aspects of Wilson's book will anger or amuse believing Christians and serious New Testament scholars... Anybody who knows the Gospels at all should find their understanding much challenged and enriched by this book" (Guardian)

"He writes beautifully... I found myself carried along on page after page" (William Westwood, Bishop of Peterborough Mail on Sunday)

"A.N. Wilson's Jesus is a very good book indeed... His novelist's instinct is alert to the little details which bring Jesus to life...[it is] an excellent read and sends you scurrying back to buy the Gospels" (Daily Telegraph)

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'A masterly work of demystifying iconoclasm' Spectator

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I read this book from the viewpoint of an atheist fascinated by religions. It's unlikely a Christian will enjoy this book, with its fundamental predication (not unreasonable from a non-religious viewpoint) that the gospels are not accurate and indeed contain very little information on his life. Rather Wilson takes the approach of presuming jesus to be a rather typical jewish religious leader, and then draws on the canonical gospels (amongst others) for hints as to his life and character.
Where the book is truly fascinating is in its exposition of jewish society of the time. For instance, the Jews almost never persecuted heresies, and reported resurrections were actually quite common.
the book does have flaws. The author's obvious passion makes it readable, but there's an argumentative style that can lead to self-contradiction, eg the book refers to Jesus as a carpenter only pages from explaining that the aramaic word is ambiguous and could just as well mean scholar. It seems to me the author doesn't always stick to describing a credible historic persona but often seems content simply demonstrating errors in the gospels.
still a very rewarding read, and I did come away with an understanding of how a man could (largely unwittingly, it seems) become the keystone of one of the world's major religions.
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There have been so many complimentary reviews of A N Wilson's "Jesus" that I can do little more than say I agree with them. Except, that is when they suggest that it is a page-turner. On the contrary, it seems to me to need many pauses for thought. It is full of stimulating insights. Doubters are more likely to like it than believers, I should think.
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I found 'Jesus' by AN Wilson as intriguing as a thriller. I did not agree with every one of the auhor's stated theories but it was illuminating about life in the Holy Land at that time. He addressed questions which have been asked by open-minded Christians concerned to find the truth of Jesus, his life against that background
Never a harsh iconoclast, as so many aetheists seem to be; Wilson is never callous or destructive in his assessments.
Also, the book throws much light on the roots of anti-semitism and its terrible harvest of persecution.
The revelation that the twelve apostles were a modley band including
knife-carryng disciples, terrorists, tax-collectors for the Romans - quite unlike the holy pictures we see of them with halos - is recognizable as being like our own contemporary scene
Although uncompromising, never balking at stating his opinions,he
manages to be moderate, respectful even, and unlikely to offend
any believer with an open mind and the love of truth which Jesus had.

One of the most exciting writers on the subject of religion that I've
read.

M Kerr
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I think Wilson's book is a good starting point and paints a vivid picture of how life at the time of jesus, the motives of people around him and how gospels can be read is very good. Some points I don't see how he came to his conclusions at all. But generally the tableau he presents is reasonable to me.

If you come to this book as a Christian it may be interesting to see how the gospels could be viewed without unquestioning faith but I doubt Christians would want to read it except to try and discredit it. For anyone interested in the political environment around the gospels this is a pretty good start.

The writing builds well to a conclusion and the tragedy and beauty of the crucifixion is clear to se as Johns Gospel paints so clear a picture.

For me it just shows a man who had belief in a new way to reach god and how his execution and realisation of his abandonment by his god was so poetically sad as told in the gospels. I do not believe in a denominational God, I do not believe religions are anything other than man created with no divine influence other than can be created in the mind of people. But the story of Jesus....not the fantastical parts but the teachings and wishes of Jesus are fascinating.

I know Wilson is now a Christian again but I assume this is because he has decided that culturally he likes the practice of the religion. I find it hard to believe he suddenly decided that hey I now believe in the virgin birth to god, the trinity and resurrection. I will have to read wilson's explanation.
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By mfl VINE VOICE on 1 July 2003
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A N Wilson's Jesus is a deeply intellectual and intelligent appraisal of Jesus in history, and in faith. I suggest that readers, like me, with an interest in Jesus the man and an assessment of the New Testament as an historical document, and NOT as a book of faith, will gain most from this book.
Doubtless it has much to upset the staunch Christian, simply because Wilson attempts to break down the substance of the fact, but at least acknowledging that any "true" reading is largely down to an interpretation of faith. We learn that the Gospels were a self-fulfilling prophecy of the Scriptures, so hardly an account of history. That Jesus was an enigmatic man whose personal quest and meaning is shrouded in unanswered questions.
The Sciptures foretold of the Messiah, was the time just right for Him to fit the bill? Jesus himself would not even acknowledge it. The Navity scene as we know it, manger, star, three kings, is a fiction. There is no such reference in the New Testament. Just a few gems of interest amongst many that one can take away from this book.
The fact is, that neither Wilson or I, can detract from the fact that the NT is beyond any literal reading or basis in history. Faith is all. Which is why this an intelligent read that should not be blinded by mere dogma.
Above all, it is clear that the Gospels in all their four contradictions, should not be relied upon by the historian. That Jesus lived, well there is little doubt. Whether he was who he has became, we will never know.
Fascinating. A well written interpretation to continue the thinking.
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