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About the Author
Geza Vermes was Professor Emeritus of Jewish Studies at the University of Oxford, UK and was one of the world's greatest experts on the historical Jesus, Christian beginnings, and the Dead Sea Scrolls. With the publication of "Jesus the Jew" (1973) he introduced the idea of Jesus as a 1st century Jewish holy man to the general public. His book "The Dead Sea Scrolls in English" (1962) introduced the English reader to the Scrolls, going on to sell over half a million copies.
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How refreshing to be able to understand the person behind the scholarship. As an autobiography is is not the best written of books, but the story which emerges is one which encapulates so much of the history of the 20th century. Vermes' humility and his humanity shine through. I found it inspiring.
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The 1848 anti-Hapsburg uprising was crushed, but fortunately, enlightened Ferenc Deak 1803-1876 has managed to develop a new national concept, the NonViolence.
It has restored Hungar's dignity, earned the respect of Vienna, and allowed an educational revolution.
Dedicated teachers raised generations of great scholars.
Geza Vermes is one such graduate.
The rest is history.
He wrote his ph.d. on the Dead Scrolls, and revised the history of Jesus Christ.
He went on to teach in Newcastle and Oxford.
Words can fail to honor his knowledge.
Vermes is neither novelist nor biographer, and the writing is a bit stuffy. And the book does leave one wishing for more insight into his inner process of "reconversion." Psychological novel this isn't; still, I expected a treatise and got a page-turner. Vermes is a hero.