We begin with a thought experiment. Modern critical biblical scholarship often points out how the church's teachings about Jesus have become encrusted with tradition so that it is hard to see what the core documents—the New Testament—really say about him. Now, with the insight of 200 years of modern critical scholarship and assuming an audience that includes both the well-churched and the non-churched, how should the church present the story and identity of the central personality of their faith, Jesus of Nazareth? Many people will be surprised at the story they hear.
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Outstanding! But not as "simple" as the title suggests.
Not a book to recommend for non believers. It does contain small pieces of apologetics, but this is a book to call those who call themselves Christians, to challenge themselves on what that really means. Wonderfully intelligent but gentle, and very informative.
This book uses excellent scholarship and writing style to extract and explain, who Jesus was, what he was really saying, and how the early church understood that message.
For example the Beattitudes aren't about how everything will be OK in the end, they are the codes for living life NOW, empowered by the Holy Spirit. Then the world will know that Jesus really is King of this world now and not just heaven.
I will reread immediately and singing its praises to Christian friends. I also feel better prepared to take on the stresses of this life without feeling so overwhelmed.