As a historian I consider Jesus, the primitive church and the New Testament as part and parcel of first-century Judaism and seek to read them as such rather than through the eyes of a theologian who may often be conditioned, and subconsciously influenced, by two millennia of Christian belief and church directives.This tone will help readers--even those predisposed to disagree with Vermes--to understand his argument that religious belief has skewed understanding of the central figure of the Christian religion. --Michael Joseph Gross --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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I found this book a delight to read as well as being extremely informative.
This book by Jewish scholar Geza Vermes is a summary of three books he wrote connecting Jesus to the Judaism of his day.
Ultimately he succeeds only in ignoring the problem and weakening his perceived ability to address critical issues.
I had already read Mr. Vermes later book "The Authentic Gospel of Jesus", so I was somewhat disappointed in that there is a lot of repetition between these two books. Read morePublished 11 months ago by dave1
Geza goes into detail how the Jesus of each book of the New Testament is a little different. I greatly enjoyed the amount of detail that is presented in the text. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Ben
Very good in depth survey of the early and later gospels with reference to Greek, Jewish and other sources. An entertaining read.Published 20 months ago by Donn
Will you swear to tell us all the truth and noting but the truth? Stepping down the chronological ladder, Vermes is showing us four different portraits of Jesus, downgrading him... Read morePublished on May 22, 2010 by Chris Albert Wells
It's interesting to read an erudite analysis of the New Testament by a learned Jew like Geza Vermes, the first Professor of Jewish Studies at Oxford. Read morePublished on June 15, 2008 by Brent A. Anderson
The Changing Faces of Jesus, partly an update of Jesus the Jew, goes into all the New Testament writings, whereas Jesus the Jew concentrated on the Synoptics, Matthew, Mark and... Read morePublished on June 14, 2007 by trini
Publisher's Weekly complains that "The book sometimes engages in speculative reasoning". "Constantly" is more like it. Read morePublished on May 10, 2006 by Ken Jacobsen
I confess I am baffled by some of the reviews here. The one thing this book is, is polemical. It is intensely polemical. Just two examples. Read morePublished on December 16, 2005 by Ken Braithwaite