Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.
To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.
Other Sellers on Amazon
+ $3.95 shipping
+ $3.99 shipping
The Quest of the Historical Jesus Paperback – Abridged, January 1, 2001
|New from||Used from|
"Children of Blood and Bone"
Tomi Adeyemi conjures a stunning world of dark magic and danger in her West African-inspired fantasy debut. Learn more
Frequently bought together
Customers who bought this item also bought
Customers who viewed this item also viewed
The best introduction to the subject... Scholarly and urbane... A fine example of critical exposition... A mystery story on the highest possible level, enlivened by Dr. Schweitzer's wit, and enriched by his effective command of simile and metaphor... Affords a wide view of the whole library of critical theology.--Saturday Review
About the Author
Albert Schweitzer (1875-1965) won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1952. While still a young man he demonstrated extraordinary abilities in a wide range of pursuits, including science, theology, and music. In 1908 he published his magisterial study of the life and works of Johann Sebastian Bach. He studied medicine from 1905 to 1913 at the University of Strasbourg, then founded a hospital in French Equatorial Africa, where he spent most of the remainder of his life. Schweitzer used his Nobel Prize stipend to expand the hospital and to build a leper colony. His bookThe Quest of the Historical Jesus is also available from Johns Hopkins.
The Revd Dr. John Bowden, is the former Editor and Managing Director of SCM Press. He is the author of several books and articles, and has translated numerous religious books from German, French, and Dutch. .
Author interviews, book reviews, editors picks, and more. Read it now
Top customer reviews
There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later.
The "madman" is the great Albert Schweitzer. The portrait is "Quest." Read it and meet Jesus. And let those of faith rest assured that Schweitzer was a man of faith. Other reviews on this page seem to think this is something of an anti-Christ book. They say Schweitzer concludes Jesus was a deluded faker, rendering Christianity a fairy tale. They wish! Nothing could be farther from the truth.
In truth, Schweitzer concludes that if someone attempts to live up to the ethical perfection of Jesus, they will discover for themselves "who he is." And to be sure, "who he is," for Schweitzer, was certainly not a deluded faker. If Jesus' apocalyptic beliefs make him deluded, then most of antiquity, including the Romans, can be called deluded. They all believed in cosmic cycles and world-ending epochs. Was Jesus a faker? Absurd. His absolute sincerity was demonstrated in his willingness to be crucified.
Don't listen to polemic interpretations. Let Schweitzer speak for himself. He wrote, in this book's conclusion ...
"Jesus, in the knowledge that He is the coming Son of Man, lays hold of the wheel of the world to set it moving on that last revolution which is to bring all ordinary history to a close. It refuses to turn, and he throws Himself upon it. Then it does turn; and crushes Him. Instead of bringing in the eschatological conditions, he has destroyed them. The wheel rolls onward, and the mangled body of the one immeasurably great man, who was strong enough to think of himself as the spiritual ruler of mankind and to bend history to his purpose, is hanging upon it still. That is his victory and his reign."