The Life of Jesus

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Book Tree, 2007 - Religion - 227 pages
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This was the first biography of Jesus to present him as a gifted and spiritual man, but as a man only, who was entirely human. He had wisdom, taught using parables, but being human, the Jesus of Renan was clever and opportunistic in his approach to achieving his aims. As time goes on, Jesus is shown to become increasingly enthusiastic and fanatical in the eyes of the author, to the point of deliberately allowing himself to be killed. Although one cannot prove this book to be more accurate than the traditional story (it is a matter of interpretation and opinion), it does offer a different view of Jesus that has been both criticized and praised. Renan had studied to be a priest by attending Catholic seminaries, had taken the minor orders of the Roman Church, but in 1845 abandoned the faith. This work sparked fierce controversy because of his priesthood connection and it caused him to be dismissed from the Chair of Hebrew at the College de France. This was the first in a series of four books meant to outline the complete history and formation of the Christian faith. Considered a classic work to this day, it is still widely referenced.
 

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Contents

CHAP
1
Place of Jesus in the History of
27
The Order of Thought which Sur
47
John the BaptistVisit of Jesus
69
Development of the Ideas of Jesus
77
Jesus at Capernaum
85
The Disciples of Jesus
92
The Kingdom of God Conceived as
104
Institutions of Jesus
154
Increasing Progression of Enthusiasm and of Exaltation
161
Opposition to Jesus
167
Last Journey of Jesus to Jerusalem
174
Machinations of the Enemies of Jesus
182
Last Week of Jesus
189
Arrest and Trial of Jesus
198
Death of Jesus
208

Embassy from John in Prison to Jesus
112
Intercourse of Jesus with the Pagans
125
CHAP PAOK XVI Miracles
138
Definitive Form of the Ideas of Jesus Respecting the Kingdom of God
145
Jesus in the Tomb
213
Fate of the Enemies of Jesus
216
Essential Character of the Work of Jesus
219
Copyright

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The Murder of Christ
Wilhelm Reich
Limited preview - 1953
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Ernest Renan (1823-1892) was a French philosopher and writer.

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