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Overall rather unconvincing.
on 23 April 2017
Having an interest in the historical Jesus meant that I was very interested in reading this book. It was a little bit of a disappointment though. The author has obviously done a lot of research but at times it felt as if there was an agenda behind the writing.
I enjoyed the sections on the true nature of Pontius Pilate and the removal of the importance of James the Just from early Christianity in favour in Pauline Christianity. Now I am no big fan of Paul, but if as the author asserts people left Pauline Christianity in droves when James and Peter warned them about his teachings, then who was Paul writing to? Also I can't reconcile the portrait of Jesus as a violent Zealot when the only scene of him being the least bit forceful was him driving out the money changers from the Temple. Yes, some his disciples took swords to the Garden of Gethsemane, but Jesus immediately healed the soldier whose ear was cut off. All in all, some parts were excellent whilst other parts were unconvincing. Rating: 3 stars.