To Christians worldwide, the man Jesus of Nazareth is the centerpiece of history, the object of faith, hope, and worship. Even those who do not follow him admit the vast influence of his life. For anyone interested in knowing more about Jesus, study of the four biblical Gospels is essential. Four Portraits, One Jesus is a thorough yet accessible introduction to these documents and their subject, the life and person of Jesus.
Everybody likes Jesus. Don't they? We overlook that Jesus was: Judgmental - preaching hellfire far more than the apostle Paul. Uncompromising - telling people to hate their families. Chauvinistic - excluding women from leadership. Racist - insulting people from other ethnic groups. Anti-environmental - cursing a fig tree and affirming animal sacrifice. Angry - overturning tables and chasing moneychangers in the temple.