Scholars say Jesus was a deeply religious Jew, yet he argued with scriptural experts and neglected religious laws. This book tells of the influence on Jesus of John the Baptist, who rejected sacrifice. It relates Jesus' deeds and sayings in Galilee and Jerusalem. It examines his views on sin, including the unforgivable sin. It investigates his death and resurrection.
What would Jesus do? If you want to follow him, what actions should you take? Listen to this audiobook and find out.
This is a soundly-reasoned, if wrong-headed, account of the historical Jesus. Patricia Williams correctly identifies the crux of the historical Jesus "problem": was he a reformer (as the Jesus Seminar would have us believe) or a prophet of the End Time (as scholars like Bart Ehrman would argue). This is, of course, leaving aside questions of divinity, which are not exactly open to historical investigation. Unfortunately I think she makes the wrong choice. A view of Jesus as a peaceable opponent of factionalism can only be drawn by ignoring many of the blistering tirades and prophecies of doom uttered by Jesus: statements that have as much claim to authenticity as any others. To my way of thinking, Ehrman's view preserves much more of what I see in the New Testament.
The reader is OK, generally interesting and evenly-paced, but mispronounces a number of proper names. Still, I give it four stars for overall clarity of presentation.
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