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  • Paperback: 424 pages
  • Publisher: Farrar, Straus & Giroux Inc (1 Oct. 1981)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9780374516642
  • ISBN-13: 978-0374516642
  • ASIN: 0374516642
  • Product Dimensions: 13.7 x 3.3 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 595,480 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The knowledge of a scholar and the imagination of a poet are brought to bear upon Jesus as a child, boy and man (Guardian )

Written with simplicity and reverence (Time ) --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

About the Author

Robert Graves (1895-1985) was a British poet, novelist, translator, and critic. His many books include the historical novels I, Claudius and Claudius the God, the autobiography Good-bye to All That, and the mythic/literary studies The White Goddess and The Greek Myths.

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 24 Oct. 1997
Format: Paperback
Reading this book is a rewarding challenge. It's weird, esoteric, and somehow simultaneously iconoclastic and reverent. As is often the case with Graves, it's clear that he's done a lot of serious research, and from there has gone off on his own curious tangents. (It looks like he got some material from Robert Eisler's book from the '20s, "The Messiah Jesus and John the Baptist"). Graves's methods drive some scholars crazy, because they want a clear line drawn between the research and the tangents. "King Jesus" is clearly more propaganda for Graves's "White Goddess" theology, but as propaganda it's great fun. Indulge Graves early on in the book--material that may seem pointless eventually does inform what follows. With few exceptions, the book is sympathetic to Judaism, but the exceptions should not be read as anti-Semitism; rather, the reader should recognize that Graves is equally discriminatory towards all religions where they don't gibe with his White Goddess-ism.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 6 Jun. 1997
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It is doubtful if there is any man alive today who could write a book which equaled "King Jesus" as
an intellectual virtuoso performance. The work is a dazzling display of esoteric scholarship, poerty and imagination which leaves the reader breathless at the sheer audacity of its mystical logic. This is a most important book which should be read by anyone interested in looking beyond stock theology.
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29 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Con Kominos on 3 Jun. 2004
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I am quite surprised no-one else has commented on how Robert Graves explored the issue of Jesus' supposed marriage to Mary Magdelene and its connection to the more ancient cult of Goddess Worship long before Dan Brown. It isn't just Nag Hammadi and the Gnostics who should be credited for the Da Vinci Code.
On both a literary and mythological level King Jesus is by far superior to the Da Vinci Code and infinitely more controversial and thought provoking.
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33 of 37 people found the following review helpful By Melchy on 22 Jun. 2000
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Published in 1946 - but never mentioned. Roots Christianity in Jewish and Hellenistic traditions. Like most of Graves' work, a monumental reconstruction that resonates with scholarship. Totally ignored by other biblical and cultural commentators. Never assimilated because he is too challenging, his knowledge of poetry and myth is too deep and encyclopaedic and makes other 'scholars' look like frauds. Try his 'White Goddess' or 'The Nazarene Gospel Restored' - if you can get hold of the latter at all.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 27 Nov. 1997
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Robert Graves' writings are all fascinating, but this one is unique. You do not have to be a biblical scholar or history fan to enjoy this presentation of Mr. Graves' ideas. Well researched and provacative - not for the easily offended. Read it and form YOUR opinion!
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20 of 23 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 12 April 1999
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Easy reading this ain't, especially while you're first trying to get into it, but it's hard to think of a more rewarding way to spend your time and intellectual effort. The research is astonishing, the hypothesis is brilliant and revelatory, the theology flawless and the narrative lucid and inspiring. Moreover despite Graves' atheism the novel remains utterly respectful of Jesus Christ. A riveting book which I expect to continue to bore my friends by quoting for probably the rest of my life.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Jose Antunez Romero on 9 May 2000
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We can name it an historical novel of Jesus Christ. Graves rejects plainly the myth of the Jesus' birth from a virgin and build a plot of mistery, murder and superstition that is readable 100%.
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Like all books by Robert Graves King Jesus is beautifully written, poetic, and full of surprising scenes and images. It offers an unusual interpretation of the origins of Christianity, and is full of material on the myths, legends, and pagan religions of the ancient Mediterranean world under Roman rule. If you are interested in mythology, you will find a lot of thought-provoking material in this book. If you are a strict orthodox Christian, however, you will probably find the book boring, ridiculous, or highly offensive, depending on where you stand religiously. King Jesus can be hard work at times, but the novel has so many evocative scenes of ancient Israel/Palestine, Egypt, Jerusalem, and so many strong characters (such as Herod, John the Baptist, and, of course, Jesus who is given great respect by the author) that it is worth struggling through some of the more dry and condensed sections on history and mythic lore.
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