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  • Paperback: 238 pages
  • Publisher: HarperOne; Reprint edition (1 Sept. 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 006085829X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060858292
  • Product Dimensions: 13.5 x 1.5 x 20.3 cm
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About the Author

James M. Robinson, consultant for this collection, is widely known for his groundbreaking contribution as the permanent secretary of UNESCO's International Committee for the Nag Hammadi codices, and his many published works on Gnostic texts and the Sayings Gospel Q.

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A book by a distinguished academician which draws together his well considered view of the real message of Jesus. No great philosophical ideas here, but the rather startling realisation of what Jesus really demanded ie full trust in a personal G-d. There are some very good explanations of how Jesus drew inspiration from the natural world around him. Dare you join this band of real believers and if not what will you do instead? It is a brave author who gives the full outline of his book in the Introduction but that is what you will find here, so that there will be no misunderstandings as you read the entire book. A really refreshing change from all the over elaborate books of complicated thoughts. Heartily recommended.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Well.. it's informative, BUT 22 Mar. 2011
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Maybe I made the mistake of trying to read this for personal benefit. The teachings of Jesus as described in this book kind of represent a vague philosophy of love of God and love of neighbor. You have to sift through a lot of prose until the author actually talks about what Jesus taught about something. I also feel it downplays and even sorta ignores the inherent Judaism of Christ and the underlying christologies of the four Gospels.

With that said..

If you're looking for a more secular, less theological exposition of Jesus' sayings, it really doesn't get any better than this book. The author does a fantastic job of telling you what kind of life style Christ demanded of his followers without mixing it up with modern notions of the Gospel, or framing it in doctrine. To say it in jive: My dude takes it back old school. Back to Palestine. No preaching. No high-falutin crap. Just Jesus, straight raw.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The sayings Gospel of Q explained 13 Dec. 2013
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The book provides a understanding of Jesus' own teachings based on the latest biblical scholarship into all the literature - canonical and non-canonical in an accessible style. It set out the sayings Gospel of Q that has emerged from all this research. The author also contrasts these teachings with those that emerge from Paul, both the similarities and differences. It is a short and highly readable book. One of the most inspiring that I have read about the historical Jesus.
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3.0 out of 5 stars An Author Versus Publisher's Publicist 30 Jan. 2009
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Normally I would award five stars to a work so scholarly and challenging. But thanks to the efforts of the publisher's publicist, many readers are going to feel somewhat disappointed. The publicist assures that in this book, Robinson will "address such provocative questions as: "What can we know about Jesus's [sic] childhood and youth? What was his family like? What sort of education did he receive? How observant a Jew was he? What do we know about his sex life? What do we know about his relationship to Mary Magdalene?" The answers for all these questions, except His religious observance or non-observance, seem to be "virtually nothing." True, Robinson does concentrate on an additional question posed by the publicist, namely "What message did Jesus really preach?" In fact, this is the burden of his entire book, and to answer this question, Professor Robinson draws extensively on his reconstruction of "Document Q". This is a controversial if brilliant example of Biblical scholarship. I am 95% in agreement with it, but I know there are other experts who would (a) not rate "Q" so highly and (b) not treat it with the same degree of overwhelming importance as Robinson does. If I have been a little hard on Robinson's magnum opus, thanks to its publicist, you can also blame the publisher for failing to provide an Index, surely a sine qua non for a Biblical thesis such as this.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The heart and soul of Jesus' life and teachings. 31 Aug. 2015
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The heart and soul of Jesus' life and teachings. I've used this to teach several Adult Education series in churches. People appreciate Dr. Robinson's summary of the meaning and impact of Jesus.
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars 4 Oct. 2016
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Very good, very readable general background on Jesus that should offend many believers.
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