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The Hidden Jesus: A New Life Hardcover – 14 Jan 1999


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  • Hardcover: 332 pages
  • Publisher: St Martin's Press (14 Jan. 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312192827
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312192822
  • Product Dimensions: 3.2 x 17.1 x 25.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,249,348 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By C J on 10 Sept. 2007
Format: Paperback
Brilliant.I have read many wonderful theology books, but The Hidden Jesus moved me profoundly, leaving me ever grateful to Donald Spoto's insight into the life of Jesus. Don't pass this book by on the basis of a preferred religious slant, there is no dogma attached to it. And if, like me, you are a open minded seeker of the 'why?'of life this book is a must to read.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By KC on 23 Feb. 2011
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There is a well known dictum in theological circles with regard to 'histories of Jesus.' The authors of such reinterpretive histories of Jesus life and teaching 'look down the well of history and see their own reflections at the bottom.' In other words their Jesus is just that, made in their own image and bearing their own concerns.

If you really want to know what the teaching of Jesus was read the New Testament and then the early Church fathers. It is outrageous that people think they can find 'the hidden Jesus' or 'the real Jesus' from an interpreter two thousand years after the event. The New Testament and Fathers either knew Jesus or were disciples of those who did.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A. Rawlinson on 26 Sept. 2011
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There's so much written on this subject, isn't there ! Donald Spoto has interesting insights and challenges some things we have taken for granted. A good read but I'm not well up enough on the subject to make any scholarly judgement.
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19 of 23 people found the following review helpful
Through a glass darkly 3 Sept. 2003
By Dr. Tom Mote - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
As a Southern Baptist who has spent [1] the last 36 years as a professor in a Roman Catholic university and [2] the 69 years since his conversion wondering why he had never been able to experience the blinding, "born again" feeling of the Apostle Paul or Jimmy Carter or many other sincere Southern Baptists, I am delighted to report that the several hours I have just spent in absorbing much of Donald Spoto's wisdom have been very instructive. At this point, let me make one constructive criticism. Many of his sentences, like my first one in this review, are so long and complex that I had to re-read them before becoming comfortable with the content. On balance, however, this is a book that I will read again and again and will recommend it to my family and friends.
18 of 23 people found the following review helpful
A wonderful book about Christ and His meaning for modern man 16 Jan. 2001
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What a fascinating and exciting book! It's fascinating because at least in my some 16 years of Catholic education throughout grade school to high school and college an in-depth analysis of Jesus' life really wasn't part of the religious education; this book details enormously interesting details of the life of Christ. It's exciting because of the emphasis given and arguments for the presence of the risen Christ in our midst today, not just 2000 years ago. Do I disagree or have doubts about some of Spoto's assertions (was Christ really born in Bethlehem, did He have brothers and sisters, did He know He was God, did his parents know He was God, can one beleive in capital punishment and still be a Christian)? Clearly, yes, I disagree with some of his points. But there are no critical or essential points of the Christian faith(or Catholic faith for that matter) that are disputed by him. I do not for a second doubt the author's love and belief in the risen Christ "that the gospels proclaim". The greatest asset of this book is in it's elucidation of God's ever present love and compassion for us and how we find the "hidden Jesus" in our lives. This truly is a wonderful book that strengthens one's faith and love in Jesus Christ, our risen lord. Highly recommended!
13 of 16 people found the following review helpful
An fresh biblical view of Jesus as man and God 4 Mar. 1999
By jcgmelch@ezonline.com - Published on Amazon.com
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This book can't be approached with the view of our childhood. The reader must either be knowledgable and comfortable with current biblical scholarship or allow Spoto's perspective to open their minds and faith.
It is a beautiful poem and a wonderful homily that can open the reader to fuller expressions of what Jesus means for each of us and the world. His biblical exegesis is fresh and powerful. Not the quaint interpretations that have been repeated to us for centuries like a mantra. Spoto's interpretation is scholarly and refreshing. And, for those who realize that theology is the expression of life's meaning for us and is not just found in old interpretations, it offers new and rich horizons.
12 of 15 people found the following review helpful
Spoto's book is serious, thought-provoking and reverent 14 Nov. 1998
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Standing applause for Mr. Spoto's effort. His previous oeuvre of celebrity biographies almost prevented me from picking it up, but as I read it I was entranced and ashamed at my prejudice. I found it hard to put down: a two day read. He not only deals systematically with the life of Christ but sheds light on a number of related issues showing how, for a Christian, Christology is central. The book is intellectually upright yet highly readable and unpretentious, and in my view superior in interest and execution to other fine recent efforts by A. N. Wilson and E.P. Sanders. As a reasonably well read layman, I found nothing theologically offensive in it, quite the contrary. He makes a splendid effort at describing the MEANING of Christ and the risen Christ, and all without the smell of the lamp or the academy. Highly recommended.
30 of 45 people found the following review helpful
No direction leads to a disappointing read 13 Nov. 2000
By J. Seifert - Published on Amazon.com
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Having read two of Donald Spoto's earlier biographies (of Alfred Hitchcock and Tennessee Williams), I felt that I would be in for a treat to read a more-or-less historical biography of Jesus Christ. What I got instead was a meandering account of bits and pieces of Jesus' life with varying attitudes and no clear direction.
The book begins by seeming to attack assumptions of Christian faith; for example, he claims that there was no immaculate conception, that Mary did not know that her son was the Son of God, and that by all accounts Jesus was like any other person up until the beginning of his ministry. But later, he has no problems accepting the miracles of Jesus, saying only that because we can't disprove them, then it's good enough to believe them. This treatment seemed inconsistent, in that he's apparently willing to question certain aspects of Jesus' life but not others.
Throughout the book, the focus shifted slightly every few paragraphs, making it seem more like a peculiar devotional book than a biography. To be fair here, Spoto says up front that this book isn't intended to be a biography. If that's the case, then what exactly is it supposed to be? He doesn't say, and I can't tell either.
Some interesting questions are raised within which readers may agree or disagree with, but the writing (and therefore reading) style of the book left a poor taste in my mouth. Read Spoto's biography of Alfred Hitchcock instead.
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