- Paperback: 310 pages
- Publisher: Harper Perennial; Reprint edition (January 1, 1994)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0060923210
- ISBN-13: 978-0060923211
- Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 0.8 x 8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (77 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #102,592 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Gospel According to Jesus: A New Translation and Guide to His Essential Teachings for Believers and Unbelievers Paperback – January 1, 1994
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Following the example of Thomas Jefferson's The Jefferson Bible and modern humanistic scholarship, Mitchell ( Parables and Portraits , HarperCollins, 1990) here examines Jesus as a person. He retains only the passages concerning moral instruction, and therefore considers only Jesus' teachings of unconditional love and forgiveness to be authentic and essential. Mitchell draws parallels from these teachings to modern-day, ancient Hindu, Buddhist, Sufi, and Jewish traditions. His guide is recommended as a good source for studying the religious beliefs of our founding fathers.
- Ravonne A. Green, Emmanuel Coll. Lib., Franklin Springs, Ga.
Copyright 1991 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
About the Author
Stephen Mitchell's many books include the bestselling Tao Te Ching, Gilgamesh, and The Second Book of the Tao, as well as The Selected Poetry of Rainer Maria Rilke, The Gospel According to Jesus, Bhagavad Gita, The Book of Job, and Meetings with the Archangel.
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Top Customer Reviews
Finally, I was pushed over the edge by an evangelical Christian housemate who wouldn't shut up, and I picked up Mitchell's book in the hope of developing my gentle art of verbal self-defense. What an expected blessing this book has been! I was touched deeply and permanently by Mitchell's focus on forgiveness, and the many ways in which the teachings of Jesus the man are relevant to finding the Kingdom of Heaven within myself every day. Mitchell's book has helped me make peace with Christianity and Christians, and that is no small gift.
This is not, as I see it, an attempt to rewrite the Gospel or translate the Gospel, but rather an attempt to show particular facets in an enlightening way. The reason the gross omissions are forgivable is that he takes parts of Jesus' teachings and makes them shine far more brightly than before. The parable of the Prodigal Son, in particular, receives the attention that it should. Mitchell might have problems with what he considers the more "mythological" aspects of Christianity, but his writing demonstrates a real understanding of the concepts of grace, forgiveness, and divine providence. Yes, a lot of this is because these are the facets of Christianity that dovetail with his Zen philosophy and training, but this remains the strength of the book.
What every reader should realize about this work, though, is that it cannot be considered a definitive translation of the Gospel. It is neither scholarly nor historical. Rather, it is poetic and interpretive, and the author prefers to present the gist of the text, particularly where a precise translation doesn't translate context or connotations. Obviously, the problem with this is that the author's subjective judgments can and do get in the way.Read more ›
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I found Stephen Mitchell via Byron Katie (all of her books, some co-written with Stephen, are HIGHLY recommended). Read morePublished 16 days ago by emrm
A wonderful book to discuss among seekers of what their religious tradition can mean to them.Published 9 months ago by Sandra Wilbur
I really like this down to Earth and practical examination of what might be the core teachings of Jesus. Read morePublished 10 months ago by JOHN SOMMERS-FLANAGAN
I have several of Stephen Mitchell's books, and every one of them is insightful and very good.Published 12 months ago by BJ JusticeKamp
One must actually read the gospels in order to better understand Mr. Mitchell's analogies and comparisons. Familiarization w/The Tao doesn't hurt either. Very interesting read.Published 18 months ago by Fabfiveoh