The Existential Jesus

( 1 )

Overview


Upending Christianity’s popular notion of Jesus the comforter, the good shepherd, the Lord, and the Savior, this completely new exploration of Mark’s Life of Jesus reexamines the image presented in this earliest of the New Testament gospels—the mysterious stranger, the singular, abandoned, and solitary figure—and rethinks the current role of Western culture through a radically altered view of Christianity. The existential Jesus has no interest in sin, and his focus is not on an afterlife. He is anti-church, ...
See more details below
Paperback
$14.13
BN.com price
(Save 11%)$15.95 List Price

Pick Up In Store

Reserve and pick up in 60 minutes at your local store

Other sellers (Paperback)
  • All (18) from $1.99   
  • New (7) from $3.50   
  • Used (11) from $1.99   
Sending request ...

Overview


Upending Christianity’s popular notion of Jesus the comforter, the good shepherd, the Lord, and the Savior, this completely new exploration of Mark’s Life of Jesus reexamines the image presented in this earliest of the New Testament gospels—the mysterious stranger, the singular, abandoned, and solitary figure—and rethinks the current role of Western culture through a radically altered view of Christianity. The existential Jesus has no interest in sin, and his focus is not on an afterlife. He is anti-church, anti-establishment, anti-family, and anti-community; a teacher, with himself his only student, he gestures enigmatically from within his own torturous experience, inviting the reader to walk in his shoes and ask the question, Who am I?
This book argues that Jesus is the West’s great teacher on the nature of being. Incorporating a new translation of the Gospel of Mark from its original Greek, this radical reinterpretation identifies the philosophical and cultural significance of Jesus in the modern world, based on his life, actions, and reflections.
Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781582434650
  • Publisher: Counterpoint Press
  • Publication date: 1/1/2009
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 990,629
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

John Carroll is a professor of sociology at La Trobe University. He is the author of Ego and Soul: The Modern West in Search of Meaning, Terror: A Meditation on the Meaning of September 11, and The Wreck of Western Culture: Humanism Revisited.
Read More Show Less

Table of Contents

The Enigma of Being 1

Pt. I The Story

1 The Sower 23

2 Fearing the Great Fear 43

3 Fire on the Mountain 63

4 The Black Stump 81

5 And ItWas Night 99

6 The Empty Tomb 125

Pt. II They Who Follow

7 Peter the Outsider and the Churches 137

8 Magdalene the Insider 151

9 I Am Not!: Judas 183

10 He Who Learns: Pilate 197

11 Let Him Be! 219

The Two Deaths 233

Notes 243

Bibliography 263

Index 269

Read More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Average Rating 4
( 1 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star

(0)

4 Star

(1)

3 Star

(0)

2 Star

(0)

1 Star

(0)

Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Noble.com Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & Noble.com that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & Noble.com does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at BN.com or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation

Reminder:

  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & Noble.com and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Noble.com Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & Noble.com reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & Noble.com also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on BN.com. It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

 
Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously
Sort by: Showing 1 Customer Reviews
  • Posted February 20, 2009

    more from this reviewer

    I Also Recommend:

    Carroll's work is a Rabbinic midrash on a stark and puzzling Gospel.

    Eloquent, literary, poetic at times, Carroll exposes us to the oft misunderstood gospel. In the past, Mark has been maligned by scholars as primitive in a first attempt at writing a witness to Jesus. More recently scholars have delved into the riddle of Mark.

    Carroll gives us fresh eyes and new angles from which to view the coming kingdom in Jesus. A major premise is that we cannot live without mythos, that is human dreaming which emerges in the conscious as archetypal stories. We wither and die without this storytelling.

    One of the stream dreams that flows thoughout the book is how Mark is a dark saying, a riddle about being. He uses the Parable of the Sower as a lens to look at the whole of Mark. This opens up new ways of hearing and seeing the characters in the gospel. Mark's version of St. Peter's confession is not a foundation for the church, but a misunderstanding of Jesus' true mission springing from a seed on rocky ground - Peter - the rock. [Mark 8:27-33]

    I am most impressed by his chapter on the ending of Mark: The Empty Tomb. It has always remained a riddle. He does not necessarily solve the riddle of Mark 16:1-8, but he does shed new light on it proposing that the man at the tomb is non other than 'Legion' the demon possessed person Christ healed in country of the Gerasenes [Mark 5].

    Carroll weaves archetypical literary illusions into his work. His use of Melville's Billy Budd is most enlightening.

    I recommend this book for those who have not closed their minds to new insights into the ancient Scriptures. Carroll brings surprise and literary eloquence to a often enigmatic Mark.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
Sort by: Showing 1 Customer Reviews

If you find inappropriate content, please report it to Barnes & Noble
Why is this product inappropriate?
Comments (optional)