A Spectator's Guide to Jesus: An Introduction to the Man from Nazareth

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Designed for readers with little to no knowledge on the subject, this accessible and honest survey introduces the life and teachings of Jesus Christ. Using only the most reliable historical sources, this study clears away the myth and reveals a man who challenged the contemporary norms of society and religion, associated with social outcasts, demanded compassion toward the needy, and subverted imperialism. Insight is also offered into Jesus’ teachings and parables in an effort to uncover their true meanings. The ...

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Overview

Designed for readers with little to no knowledge on the subject, this accessible and honest survey introduces the life and teachings of Jesus Christ. Using only the most reliable historical sources, this study clears away the myth and reveals a man who challenged the contemporary norms of society and religion, associated with social outcasts, demanded compassion toward the needy, and subverted imperialism. Insight is also offered into Jesus’ teachings and parables in an effort to uncover their true meanings. The role and impact of Jesus in his own time, throughout history, and in today's world is also provided.

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"This is a wonderful book and is highly recommended."  —Publishers Weekly

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Contemporary views of the person and mission of Jesus Christ are as varied as the kinds of faith that attach themselves to Christianity. From the somber Calvinists to the exuberant Word-Faith movement, practitioners of the Christian religious enterprise continue to find new and innovative ways of discovering the "Man from Nazareth." In this exuberantly joyful meditation, Dickson, honorary associate in the department of ancient history, Macquarie University in Sydney, Australia, gathers the many facets of Jesus' life and explores each as one would study the facets of a valuable diamond. How can one man be both friend and judge, both God and servant? The author draws on ancient histories and Judeo-Christian religious studies to present a compelling and readable account of the complex figure that millions call Savior and Lord. There is no agenda except to place Jesus Christ before readers in ways that inform and refresh, inspire and encourage. This is a wonderful book and is highly recommended for readers, indeed seekers, at all levels. (May)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780745953076
  • Publisher: Lion UK
  • Publication date: 9/1/2008
  • Pages: 176
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

John Dickson is a historian specializing in world religions, the author of If I Were God, I’d End All the Pain and If I Were God, I’d Make Myself Clearer.

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Table of Contents

Foreword Peter Garrett MP 7

Introduction: Jesus of the imagination 9

1 Sources: How we know what we know about Jesus 15

2 Teacher: His words and their impact 28

3 Healer: The deeds that baffle 40

4 Israel: A nation on his shoulders 54

5 Christ: More than a surname 67

6 Judge: His pledge to bring justice 78

7 Friend: The scandal of his social life 89

8 Temple: The relocation of God's presence 98

9 Saviour: The meaning of his death 106

10 Adam: The promise of his resurrection 115

11 Caesar: His subversion of an empire 133

12 God: His oneness with the Almighty 141

13 Servant: His preference for the lowly 152

Epilogue: Portrait of a follower of Jesus 160

Notes 162

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