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King Jesus: A Novel (FSG Classics) Paperback – October 1, 1981
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“My solution to the problem of Jesus's nativity implies a rejection of tke mystical Virgin Birth doctrine, which no longer has the same force in religious polemics as it had in Justin's day; to the mass of people nowadays the choice is between a Jesus bom in the ordinary course ofnature and one as mythical as Perseus and Prometheus.” ―From the Author's Commentary
“This is not reading for the easily shocked; it definitely presents Jesus as a sage and a poet, if not divine. It moves, as does all Mr. Graves' writing, at a brilliant fast pace, and with a tremendous style.” ―Kikus Reviews
“Mr. Graves is a poet; both the knowledge of a scholar and the imagination of a poet are brought to bear upon Jesus as child, boy, and man. The book is a bold speculative adventure.” ―Harold Brighouse, Manchester Guardian
About the Author
Robert Graves (1895-1985) was a British poet, novelist, translator, and critic. His many books include the historical novels I, Claudius and Claudius the God, the autobiography Good-bye to All That, and the mythic/literary studies The White Goddess and The Greek Myths.
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I realize that my many fundamentalists Christian friends would find this book disturbing but I would invite them to read this exceptional historic novel to gain more insight into the Hebrew concept of a worldly military messiah destined to overthrow Roman domination or the concept of the consort of the triple goddess, destined to be sacrificed for the well being of the land and people.
First, the book is a political novel about the efforts of the Hebrew leadership to bring about the birth and development of a young man to be their military leader and savior. Jesus is the son of Mary and Herod's oldest son,Antipater, hidden in the home of Joseph until the time he will arise as the Hebrew ruler. Graves was a scholar of Hebrew religion and he brings his considerable knowledge of the Hebrew faith to the novel.Read more ›
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interesting book but the condition of the book itself seems like a "fair" rather than a "good" - it's really musty and pages separate strangelyPublished 24 days ago by mmitchell
This is an "alternative" gospel, Jesus story, and historical novel which presents a fairly coherent narrative based on "what if Jesus really was king of the Jews? Read morePublished 2 months ago by S Baldwin
Arguably one of the most original and valuable religious novels ever written. Graves says of himself that he often gets ideas and images of his work beforehand, and then fleshes it... Read morePublished 9 months ago by Review Maven
A brilliant book. Contains so much detail it is very difficult to believe it is a pure Novel!Published 11 months ago by Michael James Kelly
The most honest view of Jesus as a warrior for a new form of Judaism that I have ever read. But you gotta love Robert Graves, no matter what he writes. Read morePublished 13 months ago by KaliMa
I have not managed to get past the first 10 pages without becoming immensely sleepy. "I, Claudius" is one of my favorite books. This one not so much. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Living In SoCal
As indicated in the headline, Robert Graves describes the historical Jesus and his cultural background, thus explaining what kind of a man he was and why he went to such extremes. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Helle Sannig
Robert Graves is a brilliant and courageous multi language researcher into the roots of European and American Christian culture. Read morePublished on June 5, 2013 by Michael N. D. White
This is my 2nd copy--I loaned my first to a friend who needed something to read on a long flight home to Guatemala. Read morePublished on June 1, 2013 by Stradkat