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Wills's follow-up to his bestselling works, What Jesus Meant and What Paul Meant, sheds new light on the four books of the Bible best known to most Christians. In taking the gospels apart, Wills helps readers see the oft-read stories from the life of Christ in a new way. As a former teacher of ancient and New Testament Greek, he provides his own translations of the texts, accompanied by incisive analysis that incorporates the work of other scholars. Although some Christians remain uncomfortable with the use of biblical scholarship to expand upon Christianity's scriptures, Wills is obviously convinced of its value and holds that it need not weaken one's faith. In his epilogue, for instance, he notes how scholar Raymond Brown, whom he quotes extensively, remained a devout believer even as he plumbed the depths of biblical scholarship. Wills explains that the gospels are not historically true as that term would be understood today, adding that they were composed several decades after Christ's resurrection and are the culmination of an oral preaching process. Rather than historical accounts, he considers them to be a form of prayer: a meditation on the meaning of Jesus in the light of Sacred History as recorded in the Sacred Writings. Readers willing to have their impressions about these texts challenged by an erudite scholar will find this to be fascinating and worthwhile reading. (Feb. 18)
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Very readable summary of what was going on in the world of the evangelists as they wrote their gospels. Read morePublished 7 days ago by Ken Feldt
reading this along with the gospels enhances my understanding of themPublished 26 days ago by Amazon Customer
Scholarly and well reasoned. I appreciated reading this.Published 4 months ago by Joseph grochowski
The meaning of Jesus in sacred history, in sacred writings, found in Wills' concise book.Published 4 months ago by Larry Keeter
All of Garry Wills books are outstanding. I am trying to purchase every one.Published 9 months ago by Otto
Garry's discussion of the four gospels is very enlightening. I enjoyed the book very much. The discussion was well written.Published 17 months ago by MSHusker
Wills shakes the dust off oft-heard lectionary readings to retrieve the radical, redemptive message of Christ. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Suzanne Haraburd