The Shadow of the Galileanby Gerd Theissen
Combining NT scholarship with the racy and readable style of a thriller, Theissen succeeds brilliantly in conveying the gospel story in the fresh and imaginative prose of a novel. Here is a wealth of information about Palestinian life and politics.
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I give The Shadow of Galileans a 4/5 stars. This narrative story is about Andreas, who is a Jewish merchant that is taken to prison because of suspected terrorism. Pilate gives him the option between continued imprisonment or being the eyes/ears for the Romans, being their investigator for the religious movements. He traveled through Palestine accompanied by Metilius, but whilst trying to discover who Jesus really was, he finds himself in the process. Because of Andreas status in society, Pilate felt like he was the best candidate for blackmail. Andreas was intelligent/educated, knew Greek and was a rich capable merchant. Essenes went out into the wilderness because they felt that they were unable to fulfill God’s commandments daily. Beggars/the poor had found optimism/faith in Jesus. Groups that believed and used Greek traditions saw Jesus as a philosopher, poet, and storyteller. The groups regardless of social standing, were each affected and thought of Jesus differently. Initially Andreas focuses on Jerusalem’s corruption and thinks the only way to fix the society is by taking matters in his own hands. But during his journey he goes through a change of heart. His journey results in him giving devotion and fully having faith in Jesus. In the middle of the story, Andreas is protecting Jesus from getting arrested by the Romans. He meets many people throughout his journey to Galilee and various places he only comes in contact with Jesus’s “shadow.” He never met Jesus but he is able to learn more about him through the many anecdotes, stories, traditions, and comments made by many individuals whose lives he has touched/impacted. I think many individuals pick up and mold their beliefs by the people that surround them and the institutions that influence them (such as the church, school, and family) which is very similar to Andreas’s whole experience. He essentially transforms his own beliefs after the people he encounters, stories he hears, and his entire experience. The story really helps us interpret the Gospel story, a narrative/story of individuals who had lived during the era of Jesus. It really goes to show that there are many different interpretations to each story. I got to learn more about religious groups such as the Zealots, Saducees, Pharisees, and Essenes. It demonstrates how each group had viewed Jesus and their own sets of beliefs/rituals. I really enjoyed this book and would recommend this book to many students who want to learn more about and are interested in the New Testament. It was interesting way to learn more about biblical history without reading a boring factual textbook. It is very easy to follow Andreas’s account and doesn’t feel like I am reading for a class. It is an interesting way to learn more about the history of Palestine and Jesus. I didn’t really appreciate the letters with Dr. Kratzinger, I felt like it took away from the story. But overall, it was a great story, that many students can get out of.
Hello Professer •goes to sit down•
Just stop and let us start the class