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After painting with broad brush strokes an entertaining picture of the Greek, Jewish, and Roman world, Cahill focuses on Jesus. With illuminating deductions and clever speculation, Jesus is seen though the eyes of his biographers in their Gospel accounts. Each of these authors' lives is reconstructed in such a way that the richness of their writing and their subject matter is wonderfully enhanced.
The section on Paul, detailing how his life and letters shaped the early church, should be required reading for every student of the Bible. From his beginnings in the cosmopolitan city known as Tarsus through his calling, like the patriarchs and prophets before him, he becomes "the perfect vehicle for this moment in the development of the Jesus Movement." His mix of Greek reasoning with rabbinical training casts the stories of the early church into a thoughtful theology. He is seen here as the earliest egalitarian who not only impacted the early church but all of western civilization.
Cahill challenges many traditional religious ideas while also taking on some of the more radical contemporary interpreters of biblical literature. As with the other volumes in this series, the marginal notes are filled with a wealth of interesting information. Combining his own fresh translation of many New Testament highlights with respect and humor, Thomas Cahill's book is for the believer and nonbeliever alike. --Tracy Danz
I listened to this on audio several times--now and reading the paperback and underlining and making notes. This has been insightful for me and I'm thankful it crossed my path.Published 1 month ago by Barbara Coolman
I revived used with notes that appear to be from a seminary student scrawled inside. I don't agree with all the conclusions in the book, but it makes me thing and connect dots I... Read morePublished 2 months ago by christiana garst
Cahill has a way of explaining history that the casual reader can understand and enjoy. His "Hinges of History" series should be required reading in senior level high... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Richard A. Gough
Thomas Cahill is an excellent historian and writer. To review history as Cahill writes it is both informative and entertaining. Thank you.Published 6 months ago by elden stielstra
I enjoy every one of Cahill's books that I've read. Have bought some after having read them from the library.Published 7 months ago by H. F. Barker