The Authentic Gospel of Jesus
There can be no doubt that Jesus, 'a religious genius' as Geza Vermes describes him, lived and taught in Palestine some 2000 years ago. The influence he has had is incalculable. How though can we distinguish between the doctrines shaped to the needs of the burgeoning Christian church and the original views laid out by Jesus himself? How can we dig back through the additions, misinterpretations and confusions of later writers and two millennia of tradition to get back to the authentic gospel of Jesus? In his new book, Vermes subjects all the sayings of Jesus to brilliantly informed scrutiny. The result is a book of unique value and novelty--scraping aside the accretions of centuries to come as close as we can hope to be to the true Jesus.
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - PollyMoore3 - LibraryThing
Vermes takes a look, from his viewpoint as a Jewish scholar, at how much of the sayings and deeds of Jesus we can regard as "gospel"! that is, authentic. Provides a very good cultural context for much ... Read full review
Jewish scholarship made easy for the layman.User Review - Davidandhisharem - Christianbook.com
This is not a book for everyone. The author sets himself the task of distinguishing between the authentic words of Jesus in the synoptic gospels (with minimal reference to the Gospel of John) and ... Read full review
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