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Jesus Christ, Sun of God: Ancient Cosmology and Early Christian Symbolism Paperback – October 1, 1993
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Fideler spends the first half of the book demonstrating that there is a deeply evolved amount of symbolism in the texts of the N.T. that started 500 years (give or take) before Christ's time (and likely farther back than that). Symbolism that is communicated in numerical metaphors, imagery, harmonics and in poetry and myth that express higher (ineffable?) concepts. With a fuller understanding of Logos, we understand why the "Word" is an inadequate translation and reinforces Plato's own observations on the problem with language. With Clement's symbols of the Dove and the New Song we see how old concepts such as Gematria became "modernized" under the Hellenistic church fathers - expressing new ideas in an ancient way.
One could take many things away from this book: a new appreciation for those Pagan philosophers the Catholic Church is not fond of, an appreciation for the similarities between scientific and mystical thought, or an understanding of the problems associated in literal interpretation of religious works. Fideler covers many things in this book - the only fault I find was that it wasn't twice as long!
Hopefully this book will inspire more study along these lines, and certainly Fideler's book should be considered a classic amongst its field. I wish more people in mainstream Christianity had an open enough mind to allow themselves to read such books.
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A key book which takes numerous strands eg gematria, musical ratios, architecture and weaves them into a firm rope which the reader will use to hoist him/herself to a higher level... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Clearsky311
Anyone interested in the origins and evolution of symbolism in the Christian faith, this is your book. Read morePublished 4 months ago by JoeM
This book does a good job presenting the ancient Greek influence on Gnosticism, and I learned a lot from reading it. However, to put Jesus Christ in the title is a bit misleading. Read morePublished 22 months ago by nephrendus
This is one book that completely changed my perspective of early Christianity: Fideler states "Christianity.... Read morePublished on May 20, 2014 by Transterrra
If you are wondering what is the significance of 153 fish being caught on an expedition one day (John 21) or are wondering why the big fuss about 5,000 people getting fed one... Read morePublished on May 5, 2014 by Jack Douglas
As I first began to read the book, m first impression was that the author really knows what he is talking about. Read morePublished on July 22, 2013 by Samuel S.
i foudn this book in a thrift store . i noticed it was a quest book so it has to be good . i was nto let down. Read morePublished on May 9, 2012 by peter
I thoroughly enjoyed this book! The material was very well presented. I found myself alternating between making margin notes, jumping up to look up references in other books,... Read morePublished on September 11, 2011 by Erik Weaver
I agree with most of what the reviewers have already said. I would add that the book not only reveals Christianity to be as much connected to Greek religion as it is to Judaism,... Read morePublished on January 11, 2011 by Nyasha