The Gospel of Jesus: A Historical Search for the Original Good News
We all know the Gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John, but what was the gospel of Jesus? That is, what was the original "good news" the first disciples heard from Jesus? What did Jesus really say that started the dramatic movement in Galilee that grew to become the largest religion in the world?
Jesus's original gospel has been lost from sight, hidden behind the version preferred by the church. We have put him on a pedestal, rather than walked in his footsteps. In The Gospel of Jesus, James M. Robinson, the preeminent expert on the earliest sources of information about Jesus, provides the primary texts in all their unvarnished honesty to get to the true historical message of Jesus -- what Robinson calls "a brittle, upsetting, comforting, challenging gospel." The Gospel of Jesusdraws on a combination of the most ancient and authentic texts to reveal what Jesus really said and to illuminate what he may still have to say to us today.
Robinson addresses such provocative questions as:
Drawing on the earliest Gospel, Mark, plus the source for Matthew and Luke, known as "Q," as well as from Jewish sources such as the Dead Sea Scrolls and the ancient extra-biblical Gnostic texts discovered at Nag Hammadi, Robinson not only reconstructs the good news Jesus preached and practiced two thousand years ago, but shows how relevant his message still is -- and how we can apply it to our lives today. The Gospel of Jesus offers one of the most authentic and stirring accounts ever written of the message preached by the figure whose followers today number more than two billion.
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The book is the work of a top scholar in Q studies. It is also the work of a faithful Christian who carries the implications of his premise that in the Q sayings we can find the historical Jesus. Read full review
The Lost Gospel of Jesus
The Sayings Gospel Q
Jesus Was a Galilean Jew
What We Do and Do Not Know About Jesus
Jesus Was Converted by John
Jesus Lifestyle Underwritten by God Himself
Jesus Trust in God
Jesus View of Himself
The End as the Beginning
The Gospel of Jesus and the Gospel of Paul
epilogue Where Do We Go from Here?