- Publisher: PHoenix Press; 2 edition (2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1407220314
- ISBN-13: 978-1407220314
- Product Dimensions: 7.7 x 5 x 0.9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 9.1 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,070,207 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Jesus (1st) Paperback – 2009
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Despite plattitudes that Jesus was the most influential person to have ever lived (the problem being that what exists of his genuine output is rare, and his status as a saint was even at the time pretty ambiguous) - I think this is a portrait which combines facts and impressions with a definite direction and conclusion. The role of St Paul and many of the saints like Peter or lack thereof is revealed. We also get a digest of the search for the historical new testament.
A bit dated, this is an easy read and makes most of what is known available to readers. I'm not sure whether it glorifies or insults Christ but I feel wiser about him in having read this work.
Grant's views help explain Jesus's indifference toward worldly things. Why worry about possessions, religious laws, and rendering taxes unto Caesar when the end is near? This leads the author also to maintain that Jesus's Ministry was based on a mistake -- the end didn't come, and hasn't yet come -- and that he was "a total failure turned into enormous triumph" after his death. As a person, Jesus comes across as somewhat abrupt and intolerant, especially with his intellectually-challenged disciples.
These are pretty strong and controversial views but Grant maintains his historical detachment throughout. One can never be sure whether he is a believer or not. I thought the book would have been better had it included more background on the four gospels -- Mathew, Mark, Luke, and John -- which are almost the only sources Grant used to interpret the life of Jesus (he finally gets around to doing so briefly near the end of the book.) He perhaps presumes more familiarity with the Bible than some of us, including this reader, may have. But all in all this is a most interesting book and the interpretation of Jesus is very convincing.
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This has got to be one of the best books I have read on the subject of the historical Jesus. Grant stays mostly impartial throughout the book, although he does continuously put... Read morePublished on February 1, 2008 by kshull123
Clearly Michael Grant must be in possession of the time machine to be able to make such a bold assertion concerning loving one's enemy and turning the other cheek, "indeed even... Read morePublished on January 1, 2008 by Eduardo