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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 --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
Thomas Cahill is an excellent historian and writer. To review history as Cahill writes it is both informative and entertaining. Thank you.Published 5 days 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 1 month ago by H. F. Barker
An astounding and inspiring articulation of the narrative behind and amongst the compilation of the biblical canon. One of my all time favorites.Published 1 month ago by Dylan de Bruin
Many things are here written about which I never knew. I feel closer to Christ now, and understand in more depth our Lord. Highly recommend.Published 1 month ago by Patric J. Kelly
Great follow up to his series of books on the origins of Western civilization.Published 1 month ago by E. ONeill
I just can't get over Cahill's length and breadth of knowledge, his superb writing skills that bring these ancient days alive and fascinating. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Joan Michel
This book, part of Cahill's Hinges of History series, seems more personal than some of the others, and shows Jesus in a theological, as well as a historical context. Read morePublished 3 months ago by H T Wells
Logical segue to "Gifts of the Jews." While I don't agree with all of the book, there were many good points to think about. Very readable history!Published 3 months ago by Jo Reed