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This translation of the life and teachings of Jesus creates an image of not only a great spiritual teacher, but of a real person. Eminent author and translator Stephen Mitchell's approach to the Gospels has been widely praised for its depth, clarity, and radiance. This is a stunning work for believers and non-believers alike.
Recording (P)1992 by Audio Literature; Copyright ©1991 by Stephen Mitchell

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"Very provocative and very thoughtful - a remarkable book." (Studs Terkel, WSMT)

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i enjoy stephen mitchell's schollarship and story


telling could have done better with the sections translating from audioliterature. otherwise a+ thank you

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The Gospel According to Jesus

I enjoyed the meticulous and thoughtful analysis of what Stephen MItchell perceives as what would be Jesus's teachings vs another author that has taken liberty to inject dogma.
In addition to this translation of who Jesus may have been and what he himself taught is the gift of Stephen MItchell's voice. Mr. Mitchell has a voice that is smooth and soothing; I could listen to Stephen read all day

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  • James
  • Amherst, MA
  • 05-28-17

Mitchell speaks beautifully of spiritual teachings

This book is a gift to anyone trying to improve their spiritual life. I loved the contextualizing. Stephen Mitchell is also very soft spoken which makes him quite pleasant to listen to

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Sadly, sound quality is poor.

Stephen Mitchell's reading of his eloquent, moving, challenging text is excellent, but the production quality is unfortunately very poor. It would be wonderful if this recording could be remastered to clarify the reading itself.

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  • Tez L
  • Los Angeles, CA USA
  • 04-07-17

Love & Forgiveness

Such a powerful addition to anyone's study of Jesus, his purpose and his teachings by his own words, revealed by the lovely Stephen Mitchell. A short book is all it takes. The story is unexpected in its content and delivery of the story matter--- I just finished my third listen, about to start the next.

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The secret psychological life of Jesus - its effects on us personally and societally

Stephen Mitchell's The Gospel According to Jesus speaks much of Jesus's bastard status affecting his psychology, life and gospels. What struck me is it has created our whole culture's diminution of women from his rejection of his fornicating mother, and our adoration of men from his adoration of his "Father in heaven".

Then Stephen offers his translation of what he believes, based on his scholarship, are the real gospels.

I am reminded that we must never forget the religious underpinnings of our culture as they underlie everything, and on a personal level, that I really need to forgive my parents if I want to heal myself and be whole.

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Confusing but illuminating

I feel this is a very eastern way of looking at things, but aren't all religions from the east? Being brought up Catholic I've struggled a lot with the myth making of Jesus and the brain washing that ensues. I see now Jesus as a man and a true hero.

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Stephen Mitchell does it again

Another classic by one of my favorite teachers, Stephen Mitchell. A poignant and inspiring look into the life of one of history's most misunderstood men.

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  • Peter Mercoulia
  • 09-16-16

fantastic

the insight is profound.
the simple messages are beautiful. I highly recommend to all interested in religion and it's place on earth