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An Amazon Best Book of the Month, December 2013: Skeptics--religious and otherwise--will surely ask what more could possibly be said about Jesus, who has been mythologized, de-mythologized, re-mythologized and then some over twenty centuries. While novelist and professor Jay Parini hardly breaks new ground with this erudite yet accessible Jesus: The Human Face of God--the first in a series of short biographies known as the ICONS series--he manages, in less than 200 pages, to raise and examine the most important questions about the founder of Christianity. For those already steeped in religion, myth and literature, Parini’s offering is mostly a guidebook. But to those seeking to understand both who Jesus was and how he came to dominate the minds and hearts of millions over thousands of years, this is the perfect primer--arriving, of course, at the perfect time of year. —Sara Nelson

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"A capacious, inspiring meditation on the subtleties, complexities, and even contradictions of the life and teachings of Jesus." —Richard Wakefield, The Seattle Times

“Jay Parini offers us in less than 200 pages a warm, bold, strong, well-written historical biography of Jesus Christ. No kidding. It is probably the most reliable biography on Christ written for a century or two.” The Huffington Post

“Parini’s brief and ambitious book…is not only well informed, but deeply personal.” The Boston Globe

“An insightful illumination of the life and significance of its subject… summarizing the scholarship and shifting currents of thought that have led to such diverse and divergent beliefs on who Jesus was and what he meant.” Kirkus

"Jay Parini's Jesus escapes the limitations of the 'historical Jesus' genre without leaving some of the most valuable insights of that effort behind. But he realizes that a real 'life' of Jesus has to include not just the years 1 to 33 CE but what Jesus has meant to generations of people ever since. So he makes deft references to artists, poets, spiritual writers and modern theologians. And all packed into 153 pages of readable and engaging prose. An exquisite book." —Harvey Cox, Hollis Research Professor of Divinity, Harvard University, and author of The Future of Faith

"The manner in which Parini creates the life and times of Jesus is vivid, almost tangible.  I felt at times I could smell the air in the streets and taste the food and wine.  Parini leads the reader though the gospel stories with real skill, weaving the different accounts together with subtlety and sensitivity.  Moreover, the whole thing is beautifully written." —Richard McLauchlan, Cambridge University
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Product Details

  • Series: Icons
  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: New Harvest; 1 edition (December 3, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 054402589X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0544025899
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 5.8 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (231 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #300,336 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Jay Parini is Axinn Professor of English at Middlebury College, Vermont. His six novels also include Benjamins Crossing and The Apprentice Lover. His volumes of poetry include The Art of Subtraction: New and Selected Poems. In addition to biographies of John Steinbeck, Robert Frost and William Faulkner, he has written a volume of essays on literature and politics, as well as The Art of Teaching. He edited the Oxford Encyclopedia of American Literature and writes regularly for the Guardian and other publications.

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Jay Parini’s book, Jesus: The Human Face of God, is an important read.
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Jay Parini has written a beautiful book, a poet’s biography of Jesus.
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126 of 131 people found the following review helpful By Timothy James Dean VINE VOICE on November 20, 2013
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It's been a long time since I read a scholarly book on the life of Christ. I enjoyed this one, in part because Jay Parini is someone I relate to. For one thing, he's a distinguished practitioner and teacher of creative writing, so his language and images are not the dry stuff some academic books are made of. As one reviewer put it, "I felt at times I could smell the air in the streets and taste the food and wine."

Mr. Parini reads the gospels in both Greek and English, so you get the flavor of the original scripts. In addition, he is as likely to quote a poet as he is a theologian or historian, and that keeps it vivid and refreshing.

I grew up the child of Christian (fundamentalist) missionaries in New Guinea and elsewhere, and was taught the creation story, with Jesus as the human embodiment of God. At the same time, I was steeped in the secular view at school that many of us experienced in the latter half of the 20th Century. Under the guise of "science," were were taught that we live in a mechanistic universe which began from nothing, was created by no one, and has no ultimate purpose.

It has taken me many decades to come to find my own (uneasy) synthesis of these two divergent world views. Jay Parini's book helped me make greater sense of both of them, as he put the man, Jesus, into both a faith-based and scientific/historical context.

It intrigued me when the author wrote, "Growing up in the home of a former Roman Catholic-turned Baptist minister, I often sat through hot summer evenings in tabernacle meetings of a kind familiar to anyone who has watched Billy Graham on television.
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55 of 56 people found the following review helpful By George Cotkin on December 4, 2013
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I purchased this book with an eye towards evaluating it as a potential gift for the religiously-inclined in my family. I was already familiar with Parini’s high reputation as a biographer, novelist, and poet. After reading Jesus: The Human Face of God, I am going to purchase a few copies for those folks.
Here’s why. First, while this volume may be slim, it is bursting with insight and good sense. It is less a biography of Jesus than a sort of “walk with Jesus,” through his ideals, presence, and controversies. Thanks to Parini’s zestful writing, the controversial issues are presented in a manner that is enticing to theological neophytes yet also conversant with the deeper concerns involved. As we go along this journey, from the context of the times and Jesus’s birth to the crucifixion and resurrection, ending with a smart chapter on “The Afterlife of Jesus,” we learn much in terms of facts but more feel that our self-knowledge, our own spiritual concerns are being gently poked and prodded. There is a humanity in Parini’s Jesus that speaks loudly. For Parini (whose own wide-ranging and unusual religious upbringing is fascinating) is proud to be a follower of Jesus. But to follow is insufficient for Parini, for Jesus is about love, specifically, “to love one another as I have loved you.” No easy matter but an ideal to strive for, as Parini makes clear.
Readers will be especially impressed with Parini’s discussion of the Beatitudes and the Antitheses, where he places various comments in historical and religious context. He is invariably fair-minded on controversial issues – ranging from the Virgin birth to the raising of Lazarus. He wears his deep learning lightly but confidently. This helps the book to move along at a graceful pace.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Rollin A. Van Broekhoven on December 18, 2013
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I must begin by simply saying that this is a wonderful book that I am enjoying. Indeed, I am so impressed with it, that I have bought a number of copies to give as gifts to creative writing authors, to theological scholars, and to those who are devoted students of the Bible. There may be some areas in which I would differ with Jay Parini, and I will address these later in this review. However, nothing should diminish my enthusiasm for this book, or in anyway, cause me to be reluctant to recommend the book to any reader, whether or not a devoted believer and student of the Bible.

I met Professor Parini a number of years ago on a flight from Washington, D.C. to London, where we were seatmates on this overnight flight. We conversed most of the night, which, in itself, suggests that we had something interesting to discuss. He, a long-time professor of creating writing and English, a published writer, and highly educated scholar, at Middlebury College in Vermont, a first ranked classical liberal arts college, and one who as he wrote, [g]rowing up in the home of a former Roman Catholic turned Baptist minister, I often sat through hot summer evenings in tabernacle meetings of a kind familiar to anyone who has watched Billy Graham on television.” I, a lawyer and long-time judge in Washington, D. C., raised on the mission field by missionary parents who were openly evangelical, and may have even been thought of as fundamentalist as that word is often derisively used today, and also as one who sat in many Billy Graham crusades and watched them on television. So, while we may agree on much of what he has written, our personal histories and experiences with God might lead to some different beliefs, or perspectives on what Parini writes here.
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