• "Verhoeven turns out to be a member of the Jesus Seminar, a collection mostly of scholars devoted to reconstructing the historical Jesus, and much of what he has to say is shrewd and learned." --Adam Gopnik, New Yorker
• "Jesus goes from being a follower of John the Baptist to inspired exorcist to peace-loving proclaimer of the Kingdom of God to a messianic rebel forced by the authorities and Romans into a radicalized corner to fight for his developing and somewhat desperate beliefs. Rather than forcing himself to throw out major portions of the story to make his sense of Jesus fit a given thesis, Verhoeven manages to pull together all the major threads and make narrative sense of it all." --Christopher Napolitano, Playboy
• "Verhoeven has written an excellent book." --Paul Schrader, Film Comment
Acclaimed as the director of such films as Basic Instinct and Starship Troopers, PAUL VERHOEVEN was born in 1938 in the Netherlands, where he took a dual degree in math and physics. After moving to Los Angeles in 1985 to pursue his film career, Verhoeven became the only non-theologian admitted into the Jesus Seminar, a group of seventy-seven eminent scholars in theology, philosophy, linguistics, and biblical history. Their activities are devoted to determining more precisely the words and actions of the historical Jesus. Verhoeven’s Jesus of Nazareth, the result of his research, was published in 2010.
Why did I give this book five stars?
It was excellent in two aspects that I consider most important in a book like this:
Firstly, the author did an excellent job... Read more
This book is based on outdated, biased scholarship that has since been soundly refuted. This IS a Mythical Jesus who would have had no significant impact on human history. Read morePublished 22 months ago by Lemuel
Terrible book, it's full of baseless opinions. Don't waste your time, energy and money, use them wisely on other things.Published on October 3, 2012 by Francisco Figueroa
One of the only texts on the life of Jesus or Christianity that makes any sense to me as an intelligent person.Published on August 19, 2012 by Kevin
We perhaps will never find the truth, but goodness, this book really seems about as close as we might ever get. Read morePublished on July 18, 2012 by Daniel Mantey
A truism: "Reason itself has finally led us to see the inadequacy of reason."
It is my hope to draw you into the intellectual, imaginative biblical conversation and... Read more
I think you could fill a library full of books about alternative interpretations of the life of Jesus. Read morePublished on December 17, 2010 by Joshua D. Hamilton
I wish I would have read a review before buying this waste of paper.
I didn't know anything about 'The Jesus Seminar' and thought this book would give me a bit of insight into... Read more