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on 30 October 2008
Michael Calum Jacques has successfully managed to place Yeshua-bar-Yosef in a historical perspective as a contemporary nationalistic hero and radical teacher - one entitled to be called Messiah by the Jewish masses.
We have rarely considered this aspect of the person we now call Jesus Christ, Son of God. The paradigms are pushed out and I found the immense transformation of Yeshua-bar-Yosef, from historical brigand to Jesus Christ, Saviour and Son of God, fascinating, only enhancing my own deeply held Christian beliefs.

I have always been quizzical about what was lost in translation in the Bible and what the spin-doctors of the first and second centuries edited out ... even the Lord's Prayer in Aramaic, which is powerful and beautifully written, varies drastically from our own modern day version in English.

Many would agree that Jesus was posthumously recreated but there will always be an argument as to what degree.

Michael Calum Jacques is able to dig beneath the surface with his linguistic knowledge and give a clear, historical insight into the actual life and times of Yeshua-bar-Yosef. 1st Century Radical will appeal both to the academic and the layman. It is a profound, challenging work.
Peter Harris
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on 16 November 2008
1st Century Radical presents the case that Yeshua-bar-Yosef was part of a larger, reactionary, anti-Roman terrorist movement named and described by Josephus only as the Fourth Philosophy. This work is bound to be controversial, but the arguments which the author presents are not going to be easily countered. The main tenets of 1st Century Radical are:

1. The original Jesus, Yeshua-bar-Yosef, was a radicalised Jewish fundamentalist originally from Galilee. He was executed by the Romans as a terrorist, not by the Jewish authorities or populace.

2. A number of Yeshua-bar-Yosefs recruits and associates were also radical extremists: Simon the Zealot, James and John the Sons of Aggression or Agitation and Yehudah-the-Daggerman (Judas Iscariot).

3. Mary of Magdala was a wealthy, older woman whom Yeshua had healed; she would not have been able to bear children (putting to rest any idea of her later bearing Jesus offspring).

4. The Christian Church (of which the author still considers himself to be a member) needs to update its theology of the historical Yeshua-bar-Yosef and his relationship to the Jesus of Faith; they are currently incompatible.

Michael Calum Jacques, consulting only the earliest sources available, demonstrates that the man who much later became known as the Son of God, along with his band of insurgents, formed part of a 1st Century extremist movement (recorded by first century Jewish sources) known only as the Fourth Philosophy.

Michael Calum Jacques, M.Th, M.C.D., M.P.A.S. was educated at Ashby School, Moorlands College and St Andrews and Oxford Universities. He was awarded the William Watson and William Darling Guthrie Prizes for excellence in Biblical Greek and Classical Hebrew and is working on what he calls a new and 'accessible' translation of the work of the 1st Century Jewish Historian, Flavius Josephus. - Diane Fisher
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