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Who Is Jesus?: Answers to Your Questions about the Historical Jesus Paperback – June 1, 1999
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John Dominic Crossan is Professor Emeritus of Biblical Studies at DePaul University in Chicago, Illinois. He is the author of many best-selling books, including The Historical Jesus and The Birth of Christianity, which was chosen by Publisher's Weekly as one of the ten best religious books of 1998.
Richard G. Watts is a former pastor of New Covenant Community in Normal, Illinois, a union congregation of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), The Prebyterian Church (U.S.A.), and the United Methodist Church.
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Crossan takes head on the assumptions of the virgin birth, miracles, healing, the resurrection and most other elements of traditional Gospels and paints a picture of Jesus as a revolutionary social activist in occupied first century Judea. His position is both controversial and well researched, and will leave the reader with as many questions as answers.
If you are new to this line of study, or are looking for a relatively easy read to get you familiar with this view of the historical Jesus, this book will give you a good basis for Crossan's thesis, and is a decent springboard for further reading and discussion.
So much of what is written about Jesus betrays his tough messages about the Kingdom of God and how we are to live so as to bring it into being. Jesus' parables are often watered down and read as nice stories rather than srong social and polital messages.
Here is a fresh perspective to the question of who is Jesus, and few are as equipped to anwser this profound question. I hope there is a sequel as this is a great format for understanding Crossen whose most famous book on the histroical Jesus is too long, complicated and contains more informaion on mediterrainian culture thatn I cared to know.
Dr. John author of Reading Thomas Merton.