Jesus the Man: New Interpretation from the Dead Sea Scrolls Paperback – 1 Jul 1993
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Jesus was the leader of a radical faction of Essene priests. He was not of virgin birth. He did not die on the Cross. He married Mary Magdalene, fathered a family, and later divorced. He died sometime after AD 64.
This controversial version of Christ's life is not the product of a mind which wants to debunk Christianity. Barbara Thiering is a theologian and a biblical scholar. But after over twenty years of close study of the Dead Sea Scrolls and the Gospels she has developed a revolutionary new theory which, while upholding the fundamental faith of Christianity, challenges many of its most ingrained supernaturalist beliefs.
Jesus the Man will undoubtedly upset and even outrage those for whom Christianity is immutable and unchallengeable. But for many who have found the rituals of the contemporary church too steeped in medieval thinking, it will provide new insights into Christianity in the context of the 1990s.
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Barbara Thiering is a supreme academic and goes to great lengths to justify her theories with much referencing, to the point where I have to admit that I probably need to re-read this immediately and I do confess to only really reading the narrative chapters at the start - which is very readable. A great deal of the theory just feels 'right' as you read it. The social and political contexts of the time are explained brilliantly and all of a sudden the bible story is bang up-to-date and you feel the relevance of it - as if it happened only yesterday; you can see how and why matters were recorded as they were. If you repel the literalism of Christianity today, it will appeal to you. But at the same time, don't expect to think of Jesus in the same way ever again, even if you think only a small proportion of the material is nearer the truth.
Reading this has led me on to find a whole welter of knowledge and discussions and further reading.
How do we know all this? Barbara Thiering claims that it's all in the New Testament, but hidden in a secret 'Pesher' code, to which she alone has apparently found the key.
The fundamental weakness in her theory is that, if the 'Pesher' secret coding system was actually in use at the time the Gospels were written, anyone familiar with the system would surely have decoded the Gospels nearly 2000 years ago and realised that they were an elaborate hoax. And why, if Jesus wanted to lead mankind up the garden path with false accounts of miracles, the story of the Resurrection, etc, would he write the books in such a way that they could later be proven false? It defies logic.
Ms Thiering is clearly very knowledgeable about many matters concerning early Christianity, and this gives the book a degree of credibility that I personally do not think it deserves.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is a book. It is a book which will give great joy to many and infuriate many more. I appreciate the academic insight which has been employed, unfortunately it all seems to be... Read morePublished on 18 Aug. 2013 by J. McEwan
Great service, book in good condition. Very happy to have this scholarly classic in my hands, ready for reference in the future.Published on 11 Dec. 2012 by L. Browne
An extraordinary piece of work. I am not a theologian, but it seems that Prof Thiering has done some very painstaking and detailed work from Dead Sea scrolls sources. Read morePublished on 22 May 2011 by expate
I appreciate the researches that Thiering had done on behalf of the religious realm. The book Jesus the Man may have many things to reveal to us, but it seems inundated with too... Read morePublished on 9 Mar. 2010 by hyobel
Barbara presents the gospels as two-level stories. A "surface" level gives a blurred and miraculous life of Christ, while the "pesher" level (a code which she alone of all... Read morePublished on 12 July 2004 by G. Perkins
The only people who seemed to have taken offence at this exceptional bookare Christians, whose very belief is wrapped up in the myth of theResurrection. Read morePublished on 27 April 2004 by Proudmomofagayson