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Desire of the Everlasting Hills: The World Before and After Jesus (Hinges of History) Paperback – February 13, 2001
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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 an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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He examines the different Gospels and their approach to the story of the Jesus, and how each author tailor made the stories to suit a different audience (hence, the sometimes contradictions within the Gospels themselves), which I found delightfully enlightening.
His section on Paul was riveting, painting a picture of how a simple man could be so transformed by an event to change his life entirely. He also works to dispel some myths about Paul, particularly his sexist bias in his letters. He also bravely takes on some church doctrines that are apparently "Bible based", more power to him!
I did find the first chapter difficult to get through at times. I felt that Cahill was using terms and historical names that I wasn't too famililar with, and therefore, left the reader in the dark by failing to explain these people/events/terms. The muddy water soon clears, so just steer a course through the words and trust that your comprehension will come back!
Overall, Cahill's book summed up and affirmed much about what is known about Jesus and his times, and provides an inspiring look at Biblical events in the contexts of world history, leading to a deeper understanding of the Son that has transformed much of our own world.
Still, there is much to admire in this work. As I have said, I found the book to be engaging.Read more ›
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After reading "How the Irish Saved Civilization" I had high hopes for this book and the "Hinges of History" series as a whole. Read morePublished 1 month ago by John Sparks
The whole series of Cahill publications are not only educational but also entertainingPublished 1 month ago by A. von Ruckteschell
Cahill's own, non-controversial take on the old and new testaments are presented beautifully.Published 2 months ago by Tom Peters
Great non-fiction book. Very informative and written simply and clearly enough that the reader can easily understand what it says without having any experience with the topic.Published 2 months ago by Elkgrove West
Good book with regard to biblical history, really helps in understanding of Christian roots and ethos. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Bill
Theimportant contribution of the ARABS is nissing in his "Hinges of Hisstory",right? Go for it! Read morePublished 5 months ago by U. F. Kocks