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Familiar Stranger: An Introduction to Jesus of Nazareth (Bible in Its World) (Bible in Its World (Paperback)) Paperback – March 22, 2004
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"In language that is both accessible and engaging, [McClymond] has provided a concise, straightforward and balanced overview of contemporary Jesus studies that should prove helpful to a variety of readers."
"A very readable, even enjoyable account. . . A wonderful introduction to the subject for non-experts."
"Those inspired by the particular, cinematic vision of Christ's Passion to learn more about the person of Jesus and the passionate responses competing versions of his story continue to evoke may find this book a good first read."
"Michael McClymond's Familiar Stranger offers an excellent introduction to the study of the historical Jesus. Written by an 'outsider' to Jesus research, this balanced, well-informed book is a pleasure to read and will make a great textbook. I highly recommend it. "
"For the past two hundred years or so, scholars, perceiving some differences between the New Testament portrayals of Jesus and Jesus as he was in 'factual' history, have tried to reach behind those portrayals to the Jesus a camcorder would have captured. These attempts have produced widely, sometimes wildly, different results. Michael McClymond's Familiar Stranger provides nonscholars with a scholarly assessment of the past and present state of research on the historical Jesus, plus his own well-considered view. Recommended for a wide reading audience."
"McClymond demonstrates a remarkable grasp of the literature in this field and continually interacts with a wide range of scholarly viewpoints. Of particular interest is his critique of modern popular images of Jesus in light of the research. Recommended."
"This is an engaging introduction to the so-called study of the Historical Jesus. . . . What makes it particularly useful is its balanced and irenic treatment of issues. . . The work engages in a friendly manner with a whole array of authors, ranging from American and German radicals to conservative evangelicals."
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this is one of the few books on the subject that seems to be trying to report fairly on the subject rather than spin it.
a fantastic book for gaining an informed start on the subject of historical Jesus study.
Of course the book is not without its errors, especially with regard to Jesus' relationship to his family. McClymond makes the common mistake of accepting Mark 3:21 with its usual translation which is clearly incorrect (i.e., the reference is to his disciples, not to his family who do not show up for 10 more verses). He also believes that Jesus was born in 4 B.C. (I prefer 6), that he lived in Nazareth (which archeologists tell us didn't even exist until mid 1st Century A.D.), that he and his father were carpenters (I prefer the "tecton" translation as master craftsman which helps explain Jesus' education, something a carpenter would not have had), that Jesus died in 30 A.D. (36 is the obvious date), etc.Read more ›