Jesus versus YHWH by Peter GilliesJesus versus YHWH by Peter Gillies

Jesus versus YHWH

byPeter Gillies

Hardcover | October 9, 2015

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In Jesus versus YHWH, Peter Gillies offers readers a verse-by-verse examination of his innovative interpretation of the canonical Gospels,The Gospel of Jesus of Nazareth, here included in its entirety for the purposes of commentary.

Gillies holds that Jesus was not aiming to establish a new religious covenant, as the subsequent Jesus-movements came to believe, but rather that Jesus was seeking to redeem his fellow Jews from religious bondage altogether.

By portraying his death as a sacrifice willed by YHWH, and in teaching his disciples to symbolically drink his blood and eat his flesh, Jesus was unequivocally setting the stage for a profound spiritual crisis to arise in the lives of his Jewish followers, for whom human sacrifice and the eating of blood were anathema.

Gillies explores the scriptural implications of these teachings to show how Jesus, by offering his life in sacrifice to YHWH, was striving to provoke the utter abrogation of the everlasting covenant that bound the Chosen People to their tribal God.

Jesus versus YHWH creates a striking new portrait of the man who sought to bring spiritual truth and freedom to the House of Israel. Advancing an original interpretation that effectively challenges the images of Jesus that have prevailed for nearly 2000 years, Peter Gillies presents a reading of the Gospel story that speaks to the concerns of both history and Scripture.

"The Gospel of Jesus of Nazareth is one of those adventurous books that causes a reviewer to wonder how it was ever achieved. I am reminded of the great fourth-century Christian translator, Jerome, who recalling his work of translating the Hebrew and Greek texts into Latin at the request of the reigning Pope remarked: 'Tears and groans were every day my portion!' This book is not a believer's interpretation. In fact, Gillies describes his work as 'a freethinking attempt to cut straight through to the heart of the mystery' of the historical Jesus. Having found imponderable problems in the teaching of mainstream Christianity - teaching based presumably on the four Gospels - he has gone to the text with a will. While his work allows ample room for debate and critique, its style and aspiration invite reading and study." - Robert Crotty, Emeritus Professor of Religion and Education, University of South Australia

Title:Jesus versus YHWHFormat:HardcoverDimensions:448 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 1.13 inPublished:October 9, 2015Publisher:ABC EditionsLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:295463524X

ISBN - 13:9782954635248