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I was raised as a Christian and still love Jesus but had come to mocking what I call "the magic parts" (especially as the focus, by people who consider themselves Christian because they believe in the Resurrection but apparently reject everything Jesus said about non-violence, tolerance, and economic justice).
Thomas Cahill is a Catholic scholar with a loving humanistic sensibility who returns to primary sources in the original Aramaic to examine the historical Jesus. He does this in an accessible, interesting way, imbued with his own spiritual insight.
I read this in a couple of days, though I seldom have the attention span to do that with a scholarly book. But no sooner would I hit a few dull graphs than along would come some observation or important evidence that moved me deeply.
And he makes an amazingly good case for the Resurrection, so this is a great book for skeptics and doubting believers. No one has ever made it seem so credible.
I think this book would be of interest to anyone with spiritual or historical curiosity about Jesus.
Feb 3, 2008
I enjoy everything on the 1st century of the common era.
Jun 22, 2007
A pleasant read
Thomas Cahill's book on the world before and after Jesus is, as the title suggests, a pleasant read. If you are expecting a dry, scholarly work, you will be pleased with the way the book reads. It is scholarly - but in a relaxed and chatty way. Mr. Cahill does not try to sell the reader on any particular view of Christianity. He does offer some interesting views on the Pauline Epistles, and on that saint himself, which may give some cause to reflect. This volume is part of a series called "The Hinges of History" which Mr. Cahill is in the process of writing.
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