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Definitely worth reading - with reservations,
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This review is from: The Wrong Messiah: The Real Story of Jesus of Nazareth (Hardcover)
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.