Multcolib Picks: While you Wait for...Zealot: The Life and times of Jesus of Nazareth
Annotation:The author traces the development of belief about Jesus from a historical figure to the Christ of faith.
Annotation:Surveys the differing conclusions and schools of thought among academic scholars and historians about Jesus's human life on earth.
Annotation:A lifelong Christian evaluates the differences between her beliefs and those of fellow Christians, describing her efforts to study Jesus as a character of the Gospels, in an analysis of biblical stories through which the author developed a greater awareness of Jesus as a deity in human form.
Annotation:The author presents Christ as a hero of literature based only in part on the historical Jesus, asking us to take the idea of Christ as God Incarnate not as a dogma of religion but as the premise of a work of art, the New Testament.
Annotation:"Sanders's book is a masterful historical reconstruction of the political, social and theological context of the life of the enigmatic Nazarene." (Publisher's Weekly)
Annotation:Using systematic analysis, Mack seeks to describe and understand the cultural and anthropological influences on the conception and adoption of Christian myths and rituals.
Annotation:"This is a book that will challenge the assumptions of almost everyone who brings religion into politics-"Christian socialists" as well as biblical theocrats. But Wills is just as critical of those who would make Jesus a mere ethical teacher, ignoring or playing down his divinity."
Annotation:Sifting through centuries of mythmaking, Reza Aslan sheds new light on one of history's most influential and enigmatic characters by examining Jesus through the lens of the tumultuous era in which he lived: first-century Palestine, an age awash in apocalyptic fervor.
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Reza Aslan's book about the life of Jesus has generated controversy for both the point of view adopted in the book and the publicity around the release of the work. While you wait for your copy take a look at this list of other titles that provide varying viewpoints on the life of Jesus.