From the Inside Flap
"The Gospel of Jesus of Nazareth
is one of those adventurous books that causes a reviewer to wonder how it was ever achieved. I am reminded of the great fourth-century Christian translator, Jerome, who recalling his work of translating the Hebrew and Greek texts into Latin at the request of the reigning Pope remarked: 'Tears and groans were every day my portion!' This book is not a believer's interpretation. In fact, Gillies describes his work as 'a freethinking attempt to cut straight through to the heart of the mystery' of the historical Jesus. Having found imponderable problems in the teaching of mainstream Christianity - teaching based presumably on the four Gospels - he has gone to the text with a will. While his work allows ample room for debate and critique, its style and aspiration invite reading and study."
- Robert Crotty, Emeritus Professor of Religion and Education, University of South Australia
From the Back Cover
"The real challenge presented to us by Jesus of Nazareth is neither his supposed divinity nor his miraculous works, but rather this: how are we to make sense of what must be seen as a keystone of his teachings - that he was to give his life on behalf of many, and that his followers must partake of his blood and flesh - within the context of Judaism, which had never ceased to condemn human sacrifice and to abhor anthropophagy?