The Gospel of Jesus of Nazareth by Peter GilliesThe Gospel of Jesus of Nazareth by Peter Gillies

The Gospel of Jesus of Nazareth

byPeter Gillies

Hardcover | October 1, 2015

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With a careful regard for the wording and nuances of the original Gospels, and with firm support from the very Scriptures that lie at the heart of Judaism and Christianity alike, The Gospel of Jesus of Nazareth places the Galilean's mission to redeem the house of Israel in a striking new light by holding that Jesus, far from seeking to found a new religion or even to improve on the old, was striving to free his fellow Jews from religious bondage altogether.

As Peter Gillies observes, '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 unequivocally set the stage for a profound spiritual crisis to arise in the lives of his Jewish followers. In my view, he was not seeking to establish a new religious covenant, but rather to provoke the utter abrogation of the everlasting covenant that bound the Chosen People to their tribal God. Truly, in a way that was both fundamentally apostate and pragmatically revolutionary, Jesus gave his life that his followers might go free.'

Advancing a singular interpretation that effectively challenges the images of Jesus that have prevailed for nearly 2000 years, The Gospel of Jesus of Nazareth presents a fresh look at the man whose death on a Roman cross changed the course of history.

"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:The Gospel of Jesus of NazarethFormat:HardcoverDimensions:160 pages, 8.5 × 5.5 × 0.5 inPublished:October 1, 2015Publisher:ABC EditionsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:2954635231

ISBN - 13:9782954635231

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