- 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)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 308,208 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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)
'A masterly work of demystifying iconoclasm' SpectatorSee all Product Description
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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.
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
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.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This Book would be valid but Wilson has since found his Faith again after he restudied Christ's words and realised there was an authentic voice there that couldn't be faked!!Published 2 months ago by ColinDowson
I bought this for research purposes, because my local library no longer stocks it. A typical AN Wilson product, but his thesis for the life of Jesus doesn't add up.Published 10 months ago by Colin R. Ashton
Excellent presentation as a paperback. Arrived in pristine condition. Most pleased.Published 19 months ago by Doc Culbard
Wilson was already a well-known and respected literary critic and biographer when he wrote this book. Read morePublished on 17 Sept. 2013 by A. J. Bradbury
this is a highly intelligent book about a fascinating character or person.it is much needed in an age when religion is lacking thought. Read morePublished on 2 Jun. 2013 by michael flynn
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