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Jesus The Man: New Interpretation from the Dead Sea Scrolls Mass Market Paperback – 1 Sep 2005

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  • Mass Market Paperback: 640 pages
  • Publisher: Corgi; New edition edition (1 Sept. 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0552154075
  • ISBN-13: 978-0552154079
  • Product Dimensions: 10.8 x 4.4 x 17.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 265,653 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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" 'Some will see her as an anti-Christ, a mischievous scholar determined to destroy Christianity. To others she will be a source of comfort and peace enabling them to live Christian lives without having to accept as fact Jesus's divinity, his miracles, the virgin birth and resurrection' - The Australian. '[The] sensational nature [of the book's findings] may disguise the strength of the research and scholarship which Thiering has deployed in the course of her narrative' - The Sunday Times. 'The impact of Jesus the Man...may be as profound as that of Darwin's Origin of Species on theories of human origins' - Focus. 'This massive work of courage and conviction throws much of what the Church teaches out the stained-glass window' - The Age, Melbourne. 'At once the New Testament is changed and we are thrust into a landscape of warring sects and cults; it is exhilarating, as if the over-familiar narrative of the New Testament had been invaded by real people and authentic places' The Times"

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DECODING THE REAL STORY OF JESUS AND MARY MAGDALENE

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By nicola rush on 7 April 2014
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Very interesting and informative book. Gives a real insight into the religious and political influences of the day and gives us a much more realistic understanding of how we can see Jesus as a real person and go past the myth, storytelling and miracle doer that we have been brought up with. It really clarified a lot of the mystery for me and while many would reject this, and that is fine, as someone who wants the truth I found it made complete sense. To see everything through the religo-speak of the time is quite something. If you are a religious/Christian person this will be a shocking read. For the rest of us it will be revelatory and I add it to my continued search of Jesus the Man.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Mr. S. Milton on 20 Feb. 2009
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I read Dr. Thiering's book 'The Qumran Origins of the Christian Church' before reading this later published book. The former was better written, I felt. And I hoped that the next book that she wrote would be better organised than the other mentioned one - for one I hoped that I could effectively cross-reference the pesher she provided with the New Testament account. Pesher is the applying of Universal adages to Particular events, places, things or people - which is how the writers of the Dead Sea Scrolls interpreted the Old Testament writings to apply to thier own times. Yet, I felt that her layout and style of writing was disappointing in 'Jesus the Man'.

Nevertheless until somebody takes up the task of putting her researches into a more coherent manner this is the nearest you will ever get to meeting the real Jesus Christ.
In short the New Testament seems to be, in some cases, confused, self-contradictory or having outright bizzare stories or accounts. That is until you look through the looking glass of Barbara Thiering's demystefying work. What comes out is a liberation from the constraints of accepting these strange accounts and a true account of the real Jesus and his life emerging. The writers of the gospels did not believe in miracles. Their writings, indeed, had a strong political dimension to them.

I really, really, really wish that I could have given this book 5 stars. And if you the reader believe that I was wrong not to do so, then in part I agree with you. Her theories and careful researches have truly broken the code of the New Testament. I would argue that she has provided the greatest insight into the origins of christianity - free from the accretions of pious myth that has many leading the wrong way in their search for Jesus and the origins of the christian church over the centuries. And I believe that she is the greatest writer to publish a book since the 2nd century AD, or so, on the real Jesus.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Lola on 17 Mar. 2014
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If you ever wondered about the different accounts of Jesus' life and how they don't really tally as far as locations go, you will be interested to find out that it all happened in a quite small area around Qumrun (hope I spelled that right) It certainly makes sense and sheds new light on Jesus teachings, though it could have been better written and arranged.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Alan Cambs on 22 Aug. 2012
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The author is an undisputed scholastic expert and certainly knows her stuff, but unfortunately, few other experts (if any) in the field of biblical history and interpretation, agree with the authors conclusions, nor even her methods of arriving at them - which remain highly controversial. The book is essentially 3 parts: the first third is concerned with the authors' narrative interpretation of the New Testament gospels [principally, John, which she uniquely dates to ca 35 CE] using her Pesher technique, which has been derived from her analysis of some particular scriptures found among the dead sea scrolls. This is a thick book, so although only about a third of it constitutes the critical content, this is still quite a lot to read. However, the remaining 2/3rds are primarily concerned with explaining/justifying/expanding the authors theory and supposedly provides the means by which to verify her conclusions; that aspect of the book is dubious, to the say the least, particularly to the layman and not a great read. In fact, many aspects of the methodology are not comprehensible to the non-expert, especially the dating system, which is frankly so complicated and convoluted as to be unfathomable, and this constitutes quite a large section of the book. All that said, some of Thiering's interpretations of such theological concepts as 'the virgin birth' and 'the resurrection' are very intriguing and whether or not her means of arriving at her theories are valid or not, she still presents some quite convincing ideas. In conclusion, although a lot of this book may hold little evidential value, it's certainly still worth reading as part of a broad overview of the subject.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Suzanne L. Reuben on 28 Oct. 2009
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This book is very cleverly written. However, unlike Laurence Gardner, although apparently factual, the reader really needs to stick with it. She is difficult to read but once into the subject matter, if you are determined you will feel totally amazed after this book has been written. Barbara Thiering is an ex Theologian and I believe some of her facts may have been biased along these lines, even though she would probably dispute that fact. Jesus The Man is definitely worth reading. The facts are worth mulling over and make the reader totally enraged at the way the Hierarchy of Governments and Church feel they have a right to have lied in the past and continue to lie to the world about THE TRUTH. Isn't it about time we all fought back. I truly believe that if everyone could view the various people noted in the bible as historical people rather than the fantasies they are made out to be that they would be understood in their proper context.
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