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King Jesus (FSG Classics) Paperback – 1 Oct 1981

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  • Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Farrar, Straus & Giroux Inc (1 Oct. 1981)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0374516642
  • ISBN-13: 978-0374516642
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 2.4 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 527,416 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"My solution to the problem of Jesus's nativity implies a rejection of tke mystical Virgin Birth doctrine, which no longer has the same force in religious polemics as it had in Justin's day; to the mass of people nowadays the choice is between a Jesus bom in the ordinary course ofnature and one as mythical as Perseus and Prometheus."--From the Author's Commentary

"This is not reading for the easily shocked; it definitely presents Jesus as a sage and a poet, if not divine. It moves, as does all Mr. Graves' writing, at a brilliant fast pace, and with a tremendous style."--"Kikus Reviews "

"Mr. Graves is a poet; both the knowledge of a scholar and the imagination of a poet are brought to bear upon Jesus as child, boy, and man. The book is a bold speculative adventure."--Harold Brighouse, "Manchester Guardian "


My solution to the problem of Jesus's nativity implies a rejection of tke mystical Virgin Birth doctrine, which no longer has the same force in religious polemics as it had in Justin's day; to the mass of people nowadays the choice is between a Jesus bom in the ordinary course ofnature and one as mythical as Perseus and Prometheus. "From the Author's Commentary"

This is not reading for the easily shocked; it definitely presents Jesus as a sage and a poet, if not divine. It moves, as does all Mr. Graves' writing, at a brilliant fast pace, and with a tremendous style. "Kikus Reviews"

Mr. Graves is a poet; both the knowledge of a scholar and the imagination of a poet are brought to bear upon Jesus as child, boy, and man. The book is a bold speculative adventure. "Harold Brighouse, Manchester Guardian""

About the Author

Robert Graves (1895-1985) was a British poet, novelist, translator, and critic. His many books include the historical novels I, Claudius and Claudius the God, the autobiography Good-bye to All That, and the mythic/literary studies The White Goddess and The Greek Myths.


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I am quite surprised no-one else has commented on how Robert Graves explored the issue of Jesus' supposed marriage to Mary Magdelene and its connection to the more ancient cult of Goddess Worship long before Dan Brown. It isn't just Nag Hammadi and the Gnostics who should be credited for the Da Vinci Code.
On both a literary and mythological level King Jesus is by far superior to the Da Vinci Code and infinitely more controversial and thought provoking.
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Reading this book is a rewarding challenge. It's weird, esoteric, and somehow simultaneously iconoclastic and reverent. As is often the case with Graves, it's clear that he's done a lot of serious research, and from there has gone off on his own curious tangents. (It looks like he got some material from Robert Eisler's book from the '20s, "The Messiah Jesus and John the Baptist"). Graves's methods drive some scholars crazy, because they want a clear line drawn between the research and the tangents. "King Jesus" is clearly more propaganda for Graves's "White Goddess" theology, but as propaganda it's great fun. Indulge Graves early on in the book--material that may seem pointless eventually does inform what follows. With few exceptions, the book is sympathetic to Judaism, but the exceptions should not be read as anti-Semitism; rather, the reader should recognize that Graves is equally discriminatory towards all religions where they don't gibe with his White Goddess-ism.
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Published in 1946 - but never mentioned. Roots Christianity in Jewish and Hellenistic traditions. Like most of Graves' work, a monumental reconstruction that resonates with scholarship. Totally ignored by other biblical and cultural commentators. Never assimilated because he is too challenging, his knowledge of poetry and myth is too deep and encyclopaedic and makes other 'scholars' look like frauds. Try his 'White Goddess' or 'The Nazarene Gospel Restored' - if you can get hold of the latter at all.
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It is doubtful if there is any man alive today who could write a book which equaled "King Jesus" as
an intellectual virtuoso performance. The work is a dazzling display of esoteric scholarship, poerty and imagination which leaves the reader breathless at the sheer audacity of its mystical logic. This is a most important book which should be read by anyone interested in looking beyond stock theology.
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Easy reading this ain't, especially while you're first trying to get into it, but it's hard to think of a more rewarding way to spend your time and intellectual effort. The research is astonishing, the hypothesis is brilliant and revelatory, the theology flawless and the narrative lucid and inspiring. Moreover despite Graves' atheism the novel remains utterly respectful of Jesus Christ. A riveting book which I expect to continue to bore my friends by quoting for probably the rest of my life.
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We can name it an historical novel of Jesus Christ. Graves rejects plainly the myth of the Jesus' birth from a virgin and build a plot of mistery, murder and superstition that is readable 100%.
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Robert Graves has done what no organized Christian denomination would ever dream of doing...he has brought Jesus to us as a human, and the life that he led is an obtainable goal for any of us. The simple logic behind the miracle of turning water to wine is astounding. One cannot read this passage and not feel in his or her heart that this is exactly what happened, and yet the church will not embrace the fact that this made Jesus an even greater teacher of the ways of God than what is being taught about him now. Mr. Graves should be commended on his research, his tanacious style of writing, and his ability to make even the most elusive and hard-to-grasp concepts of Jesus' life on this earth a little easier to believe, a little easier to emmulate, and alot easier to understand. This is not the Bible, but somehow I felt alot more understanding of the Word after reading this book. Mr. Graves' desire to search for the alternate solution is infectious.
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As with all Robert Graves novels, he assumes you are familiar with the "White Goddess" an amazing book of poetic myth and legend, filled with esoteric knowledge which just makes everything seem so right. Luckily I love this book, and remember reading "King Jesus" many years ago. Re-reading it, and it takes some reading, is a theological explosion, a "what could really have happened" and an "explaination" of some tricky topics. The Essenes and their impact on Jewish faith is years ahead of its time, some historians are only coming to terms with it now, and the whole book is a tour de force that sets theological teeth on edge. Read it if you can, it may change your view on lots of things, not just the Christ that the west venerates, but a whole load of other aspects of religion.
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