An internationally award-winning cultural historian, Daniel L. Wick provides a much-needed secular interpretation of the deep context of Jesus' emotional and intellectual world. Dr. Wick does so by reconstructing and reinterpreting that ancient world using a stunning variety of novel historical methods that depart sharply from the conventional (and frequently circular) approaches employed by traditional Jesus scholars.
Dr. Wick's analysis is based on methodologies only recently developed by historians to explore the complexities of past times. The result is a more profound understanding of the complexities of Jesus' world and a greater appreciation of his unique religious genius.
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One of the most brilliant books I have ever read. It has totally revolutionized my picture of Jesus and the origins of Christianity. Amazing research and open- minded throughout. This book should be your cornerstone on how more fully to understand any past culture. Very clear and down-to-earth explanations. Could go on-and-on about how this book is how a book should be written. With solid research, clear explanations and mind-blowing insights. An exciting and intellectually and spiritually rewarding book.
Brilliantly original and profoundly transformative. Jesus, the God Within provides so many new insights into the world of Jesus and his followers that it is almost impossible to know where to begin. A brief summary: 1) As the Gospel of Thomas and many identifiably early New Testament passages demonstrate, Jesus preached participatory deification; i.e; the “Kingdom of God is Within You.” 2) Rejecting the narrative Gospel paradigm is central to understanding Jesus’ teachings. 3) Jesus’ world was permeated with belief in miracles and magic. 4) Ancient people’s sense perceptions were significantly more interlinked than our own. Ancient thinking emphasized analogy, metaphor, and mystery. 5) Popularized philosophical concepts, especially “proletarian” Platonism, suffused the first-century worldview. 6) Time was conceived as static. The future was thought merely an endless repetition of the past. Faith trumped reason. 7) The ubiquity of illness, injury, and death inoculated people of that time against emotions we find familiar. 8) Emotions such as love, anger, hate, joy, and fear differed profoundly from modern emotions to which we give the same names. 9) When the earliest NT gospel was first composed (circa 70 AD) many of Jesus’ original followers were probably still alive, some of whom were not believers in Jesus’ resurrection. 10) The traditional early history of the Jesus movements as related in the Acts of the Apostles and the Christian church historian Eusebius is almost entirely a fiction. I could go on but I think I have said enough to encourage you to read Dr. Wick’s incisive and gracefully written book. "22 "deification," participation in the nature of God deification," participation in the nature of God "deification," participation in the nature of God