Jesus: a revolutionary biography

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HarperSanFrancisco, 1994 - Religion - 209 pages
John Dominic Crossan, widely regarded as the leading authority on the words and life of Jesus, cuts through the minutiae and arcane research of much biblical scholarship to present the best possible historical depiction of Jesus - the man and his message. In elegant prose marked by startling revelations, Crossan presents Jesus as a social revolutionary who preached and practiced a message of radical egalitarianism. The Jesus portrayed by Crossan is a savvy and courageous Jewish Mediterranean peasant who challenged the sacrosanct social rules regarding class, gender, and status. What emerges from this stunning biography is a vision of Jesus as a Jewish Socratic philosopher and political agitator who gave voice to those who had never been heard and love to the most cast-out members of society. He proclaimed - in thought and action - that all may participate in the rule of God.

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User Review  - nmele - LibraryThing

In this updated and much shorter version of his earlier biography of Jesus, Crossan offers interesting perspectives on the life of Jesus and casts a cooly critical eye on the stories familiar from the ... Read full review

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User Review  - trishrobertsmiller - LibraryThing

Highly speculative, but all books claiming to be factual accounts of Jesus' life are, and he makes his speculations explicit. I disagree with a lot that he has to say, but it's interesting. Read full review

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Considered by many to be the most learned scholar on the topic of Jesus Christ, John Dominic Crossan's adversaries question how he reconciles his Catholic faith with 20th century secular study. A former priest, Crossan is the author of The Essential Jesus: Original Sayings and Earliest Images, The Historical Jesus: The Life of a Mediterranean Jewish Peasant, Jesus: A Revolutionary Biography; The Birth of Christianity: Discovering What Happened in the Years Immediately After the Execution of Jesus, and The Cross That Spoke: The Origins of the Passion Narrative, among others.

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