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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Hodder Paperbacks (5 Jan. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0340996285
  • ISBN-13: 978-0340996287
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 2.1 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 74,543 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Essential reading...enlightening and informative...you will be sure to learn something new. (Church of England Newspaper, on THE LONGEST WEEK)

This is a book written by a highly experienced, technically brilliant and detailed writer. (Church of England Newspaper, on THE LONGEST WEEK)

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From the author of THE LONGEST WEEK: the real story of Jesus of Nazareth.

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Mr. D. Roberts on 24 Mar. 2011
Format: Hardcover
This book is an interesting prequel to the book The Longest Week. It deals with the expectations that people had about Jesus at the time and it looks at how he never met any of them. This sounds like he was a failure but he just simply had different priorities.

The book covers the whole life of Jesus, from birth in Bethlehem to his death and resurrection in Jerusalem. Page does well in contextualising what happened and he has produced some very interesting results.

I don't want to spoil things, please do read it but I know that it is well worth the effort in buying and reading this book.

Enjoy, I certainly did
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Möchtegernkäufer on 21 Aug. 2012
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Well researched, giving you new insight to the well-known story, making things comprehensible which did not make sense before - no doubt about it and highly recommended.

However, there were a few things that bothered me. The author occasionally seems to make unwarranted assertions. I cite only one example, page 81, quote:
During baptism, Jesus experienced God many which he had not previously done before. At his baptism Jesus understood, as he had not done before, who he was and what he was here to do: unquote.
How does he know that? He should not have forgotten that he was not writing a Jesus novel.

In source notes he cites frequently his own previous book The Longest Week as the source. He could have named the real sources instead.

On page 26 the name of Jesus is spelt in Greek alphabet: iota-EPSILON-sigma-omicron-upsilon-sigma. As anybody who once read the NT in Greek knows, correctly it is iota-ETA-etc. For the author who is quoting Greek words (in English alphabet) all the time, it is a curious lapse. It made me wonder if he read all the source books including the Bible itself only in English translations. However, that is a small gripe.

This book is surely a must-read for anyone interested in Christianity, very good in filling in the background that is missing in the Gospels. For Jesus the Christ: what he was/is and what his mission was/is, you had better read Pope Benedict's Jesus of Nazareth.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Stephen Redman VINE VOICE on 14 Oct. 2013
Format: Hardcover
As ever Nick Page has turned out a very good piece of work. Nick sits in-between popularist authors and academic writers in that his comments are all based on thorough research and he can substantiate his opinions, but his writing style is humorous and so easy to read. Reading a Nick Page book is like getting a back rub after a difficult day - he writes so well, and yet you are not just indulging in drivel! I admire how he turns these volumes out so rapidly and am also challenged by what he writes.

This book is about the ministry and person of Jesus of Nazareth, what he was and wasn't to the crowds that followed him and how particularly he did not meet the popular criteria for 'Jewish Messiah'. The book does of course tell us that Jesus met the Biblical criteria, but those are different!

Nick puts every bible passage in context and explains some of the historic issues that cloud our interpretation of scripture. He also refers to a wide range of academic works for which there is an excellent bibliography in the rear of the book.

This is an excellent volume and I thoroughly recommend it to you!
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By James G. McKelvie on 6 Jun. 2011
Format: Hardcover
I really enjoyed this book, which made me think about many of the Gospel passages I had heard so many times. It explains the context of many of the incidents with which we are so familiar. I would certainly recommend it.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By J. Thompson on 19 May 2011
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Purchased for my husband who is deep into it and thinks it has some very valid points leading to Biblical truths - a good purchase
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This was the book that introduced me to Nick Page's works. I bought this in a local bookshop as a paperback and was immediately engrossed by the subject matter.

Nick Page has a style of writing that engages the reader, which is almost chummy, but not quite. It never crosses the line into over-familiarlity. It is like reading the fanzine of a football magazine or a newspaper columnist. It draws in the reader but never irritates.

Nick Page knows his stuff and it becomes obvious that he is very well-researched. It is quite a talent to write in a straighforward simple style, without lapsing into either dense academia on the one hand, or Marjorie Proops-style faux-confidential schmaltz (soz, Marje, RIP, I did like what you did!). Nick's analysis of Jesus, in the context of His contemporaries and historical times, puts a new perspective on the meaning of Christ in our lives today. Whilst Jesus might be seen by some to be very establishment today, with HM Queen Elizabeth as Defender of the Faith and Archbishops Ramsey and Welby the height of respectability, it was not always so. In His day, Jesus was regarded as a pariah who outraged the highest Jewish leaders, a figure of subversive beliefs and claims, certainly not the king of kings Messiah they imagined their scriptures prophesied.

Nick Page takes the reader to First Century Judea, Samaria, Jersusalem and environs, and poses intriguing questions such as, for example, was Jesus a Samaritan? By the end of the book one has a better understanding of the life and times of Jesus and the struggles He faced, with plenty of cross references to the bible.
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