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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: HARPER COLLINS PUBLISHERS; 1 edition (1 Nov. 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 006180035X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061800351
  • Product Dimensions: 13.5 x 1.5 x 20.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 221,413 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Jesus is a magisterial distillation of Crossan's lifelong work on the gospels and Jesus. It deserves careful and extended consideration by everyone seriously interested in the enigmatic sage from Galilee. With his work on Jesus, Crossan joins the ranks of the truly great biblical scholars of the twentieth century. His 'revolutionary biography' is the biography of a revolutionary: the book and its subject are rebels in the cause of truth."-- Robert W. Funk, editor of "The Five Gospels: The Search for the Authentic Words of Jesus" and cofounder of the Jesus Seminar"Crossan paints his Jesus with great warmth and power. He achieves a portrait that both takes in the contemporary background yet accounts for Jesus' distinctiveness...This Jesus is a Jewish peasant, with a direct sense of God's immediacy, who shatters all social restraints." -- "New York Times Book Review""This is an extremely interesting, erudite, informative, must-read for anyone interested in the New Testament...Read it." -- "National Catholic Reporter"

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John Dominic Crossan's bestselling and critically acclaimed biography of the historical Jesus.

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By A Customer on 7 April 2002
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Crossman is obviously an accomplished scholar and a brilliant writer. However, I do not find his portrait of Jesus as a societal rebel very convincing. His description seems to be based on too many shaky assumptions. Crossan is more successful in showing just how elusive the historical Jesus can be for any New Testament critics bold enough to join the search. The book is definitely not intended to make the reader feel comfortable but I highly recommend it.
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I have read so many interesting but unsatisfysing and some downright puzzling recontructions of the historical Jesus. At last I have found a book by someone who really understands how to read the documents and is able to explain lucidly how they come to include so many competitive pictures of who Jesus was, what he did and said, and what his life means to us today. It is quite simply the most perceptive book on this subject I have read (and I have read a lot of books about the historical Jesus).

I feel freed to believe that what happened in Galilee and Jerusalem two milenia ago was both much simpler than some would want us to accept but was also still of incalculable importance. I will not try to summarize the whole thesis of the book. Just read it (please).
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This was an exceptionally informative read. Crossan manages to raise some compelling questions without forcing his own interpretation on the reader. Yes, there is much here that will unnerve both the theologian and those of rigid faith, but nothing that isn't explored with reasoned and compassionate insight. As to the Kirkus review above, it falls prey to its own criticism - telling us more about the critic than the book itself. Read Crossan. He will open yours eyes.
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