A study of the life of Jesus by one of the great scholars of the ancient world.
Examining the Gospels as he would any other historical document, Grant presents a picture of Jesus that is, in some respects, an unfamiliar one. He argues that Jesus was neither meek and mild, nor a political revolutionary, but rather consumed with the goal of the realisation of the Kingdom of God.
|Publisher:||Orion Publishing Group, Limited|
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Table of Contents
|I||Nothing Matters but the Kingdom of God|
|1||The Dawning Kingdom of God||7|
|2||What Were the Miracles?||30|
|3||Change of Heart||45|
|II||Who Do You Say I Am?|
|5||Prophet and Teacher||78|
|6||Messiah: Son of Man: Son of God||95|
|III||Disaster and Triumph|
|7||Failure in Galilee||111|
|8||Fatal Challenge in Jerusalem||134|
|10||From Disaster to Triumph||169|
|Epilogue: Jesus Then and Now||192|
|Appendix||Attitudes to the Evidence||197|
|List of Abbreviations used in the Notes||205|
|Ancient Writings and Terms||236|
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This is not a traditional chronological biography, given the paucity of sources for such a straightforward factual exegesis; rather, it is an examination of the themes of his teaching and his public life as expressed through events and sayings in the Gospels. It attempts to apply historical analysis to these sources, comparing where known with any other relevant sources from this era, and looking at the plausibility of various events in a comparative context and considering the retrospective viewpoint of the Gospels written some time later during the early history of the post-Christ church. The key theme is the notion of the overwhelming centrality of the then believed to be imminent Kingdom of God, which puts so many of Jesus's sayings and teachings into context, free of modern liberal or socialist or even revolutionary connotations, and of fuzzy Victorian general goodwill to all men. There is a useful summary of the book's conclusions towards the end. This repays reading by anyone with an enquiring mind, whether believer, non-believer or just plain unsure enquirer/reader.