Jesus: An Interview across Time - A Psychiatrist Looks at His Humanity Paperback – 1 Feb 2004
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. . . a thought-provoking and imaginative exploration of the humanity of Jesus. His possible feelings, experiences, sources of strength and motivation throughout His life on earth, in the form of an informal interview with the author. . . . Both fascinating and moving, this quite plausible einterviewi will certainly open up new areas of the incarnation of Someone who was and is both fully God and fully man to you. -- J.R. (11/01/2004) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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To twist the Apostle Paul's statement around, when I was a child I thought as one.
Andrew Hodges book helps readers to wrestle with a very human Jesus, a flesh and blood person that is probably more important on a micro level than the sort of divine superman disguised by sandals and toga that we were used to hearing about. It is a misnomer to think that we are "saved" solely by what Jesus did on the cross. We are also saved by what he did in his life, his struggle to overcome, to wrestle with the forces of evil and to walk blameless and uprightly. If he did all these things with aid of divinity, then it really has no bearing on me as a fumbling morass of material existence.
This book gets into that struggle, offering potential insights into the thought process that a human being wrestling with real issues would go through. Hodges helps me identify with the person Jesus so that he is much closer. I have more affinity with a Jesus in Gethsemane where he angsts over what is to come than I do the resurrected Lord. At least, at this point of the journey.
When you're done with lapping up the milk, buy this book and chew on some meat.
I had also not pictured Him laughing and enjoying His friends, His followers, but He certainly WOULD have!
Dr. Hodges explains so well how the scholars of Jesus' day CHOSE to deny "over three hundred specific prophesies about the Messiah" which were obviously fulfilled in Him.
He makes it easy for me to imagine how His mother must have thought she was the perfect parent...until she had other children who could be disobedient, selfish and mean.
There are hundreds of thoughts which Dr. Hodges has put on paper which are profound and thought-provoking. I highly recommend this book and it is truly worth reading more than once!
The divinity AND humanity of Jesus were never more clearly presented to me.
Sincerely, U.S. Marine Corporal Tracy J. Hicks