I'm a big fan of Marcus Borg's writings, and this is an excellent example of this stimulating American scholar's work. It focuses on the life and death of Jesus, and is full of captivating detail on the spiritual and social climate that are essential to understanding him as the product of the very particular phenomenon in time and place that was first-century Judaism. Describing Jesus as a `Spirit person', using the cross-cultural (and therefore time- and placeless) categories of sage, revitalisation movement founder, prophet and challenge, Borg succeeds in bringing him excitingly to life afresh for the contemporary reader. Though some (notably Tom Wright) have critiqued Borg's work for taking insufficient account of Jesus' Jewish context, there's no doubt that the author's Jesus is a credible figure, as relevant and inspirational now as he was then. Highly recommended.