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Posted June 20, 2005
A Must Read!
The Brother of Jesus and the Lost Teachings of Christianity by Jeffrey J. Butz. Reviewed by Peter Senese, author of Cloning Christ. I want to begin my review by saying that I am a layman who continues to seek knowledge of the historical Jesus. I am by no means a scholar, but simply a man seeking a deeper relationship with Christ. I would consider my faith in Christ strong. This provides me with the strength and courage needed to explore historically the actual life of Jesus during his physical life. From what I have discovered thus far in my own quest, it has become important for me in my desire to become closer to Christ to understand the social structures, political agendas, and personal interactions of Jesus. This is by no means an easy task as many theological scholars today have claimed. Nevertheless, I think it is imperative that theological scholars continue to explore the various writings that share the life of Christ, and place this text (and the many revisions that have occurred over time) in the social, political, and personal intent of Jesus¿ life. In James, The Brother of Jesus, Lutheran minister Jeffrey J. Butz does a phenomenal job in presenting his research and cross references of various writings in order to portray a very understandable and credible set of scenarios of the early Church and its leadership, specifically, what was the true role of James, the brother of Jesus. In doing so Jeffrey J. Butz provides to the reader the opportunity to think through, by understanding James and his true role as one of if not the true leader of the Christ movement, what actually was occurring during the time immediately after the death of Christ, and, what Jesus was actually trying to share with the world. Over the years in particular scholars have extended the divisionary arguments of the division between James and Paul, and the initial roots that have led to the direction of the present Christ following. In order to realize the differentiation between the immediate followings of Jesus, and how they changed over a rather short period of time, it is critical that we understand what was actually occurring socially and politically during the historical period immediately after Christ sacrifice. Carefully using canonical and Gnostic gospels, not to mention a wide assortment of writings by historians, Butz does a wonderful job clarifying a present void that is a part of the `Early Christ Movement¿. In doing so, readers are forced to think through the wonderment of the life of Christ. Overall, this is a must read for anyone who seeks a closer relationship with Christ. In understanding the historical movements of the early Church, I believe we can all develop a closer relationship with Christ. I would also like to add that I believe it took a great deal of courage to write this book since there are contradictions to the present structures that comprise organized Christendom. I would like to thank the author for showing the courage and the stamina required to write and share with the world what I believe to be a historically accurate story of James, and in doing so, sharing a new dimension to the life of Jesus Christ.
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Posted March 8, 2014
ASKS THE DIFFICULT QUESTIONS Purchased this book to learn more
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ASKS THE DIFFICULT QUESTIONS Purchased this book to learn more about Early Christianity and found it to be an outstanding read with very comprehensive research and very sound in conclusions. I will admit, after reading this book, many of the passages and teachings in the NT finally became very clear and made a great deal of sense. I would recommend this book to anyone with an open mind and interested in all of the facts and documents outside of the "orthodox" library pertaining to Yeshua and the initial Church in Jerusalem. I am reminded that what was once orthodox can become heresy but encouraged that with increased knowledge and research, what was once heresy by finally become the orthodox.
Posted August 30, 2010
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