In this literary and religious tour de force, Carse daringly revives the ancient tradition of writing gospels to communicate the contemporary meaning of Jesus' life and teaching. This tradition resulted in dozens of gospels, such as the Gospel of Thomas, but died out when the Church closed the New Testament with its four official or "canonical" Gospels Matthew, Mark, Luke and John.
This, then, is the first full, all-new gospel in 1,500 years. It is not yet another novel about Jesus, such as those by Nikos Kazantzakis and Norman Mailer, nor is it is a harmonizing of the traditional gospels, like those by Leo Tolstoy and Reynolds Price. As James Carse says, in introducing readers to this gospel, "What is needed, now as before, is imagination, but imagination that takes no more liberty with the known historical material than the earlier gospels themselves took.... Each [evangelist] wrote a gospel grounded in the time of Jesus and his own time. Why should we do less?"
The book's prologue dramatically sets the stage by telling how, long after Jesus' death, some of his followers bring an old woman a parchment scroll on which they have painstakingly assembled Jesus' story, piercing together what they remember of him. They come to her because, as "the one Jesus loved," she knew him best. She listens carefully to their "gospel" and, when they are through, tersely responds that "it wasn't like that....There is too much to say to end it here."
And thus begins her gospel, the first full gospel from a woman's point of view. She recounts many of the events of Jesus' life that we know from the New Testament gospels such as his birth, baptism, transfiguration, trial and crucifixation but in a very different and fully credible way. What her gospel brings is her perspective as his most intimate companion; she knew Jesus better than anyone else and wants to tell his story as she really experienced it, not to mythologize him or advance some Church agenda. Perhaps most arresting is her gospel's vivid presentation of Jesus' trenchant exchanges with the people he encounters and its many delightful and though-provoking parables.
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In spare but evocative language, the acclaimed author of Breakfast at the Victory conjures up a Jesus with a still presence of mind who is a pool of wisdom for his frenetic and hostile world. As he wanders and learns, he is praised, recruited, vilified, and misunderstood. When he teaches, he speaks in timeless parables as truthful as those from the historical Jesus. James Carse dares to tell a new story of Jesus that is as right for our times as the original gospels were for theirs. When you get to the end of this subtle and profound work, don't be surprised if you find yourself turning back to page one and starting over again.
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Book Description Harper San Francisco, 1997. Book Condition: New. Brand New, Unread Copy in Perfect Condition. A+ Customer Service! Summary: Not another novel about Jesus or harmonizing of the traditional Gospels, this is the first full, all-new Gospel since the fourth century. As James Carse says, "What is needed, now as before, is imagination, but imagination that takes no more liberty with the known historical material than the earlier gospels themselves took".And what imagination he displays: The book opens by telling how, long after Jesus' death, his followers bring to the woman who knew him best a text that pieces together their memories of him. She listens to their "gospel", tersely responding that they have the basic facts right, but that a whole dimension is missing. Then comes her Gospel, which exhibits all the compelling features of the traditional Gospels, but from a wholly new perspective.The result is a true Gospel that has the kind of bold simplicity, striking moments, and profound mystery that will encourage readers to return to it again and again to plumb its depths. Readers will readily embrace this very human Jesus, who rejects conventional pieties, makes jokes, debates with rabbis and soldiers, and spins tales infused with the beauty and brutality of biblical times. Bookseller Inventory # ABE_book_new_0060615761
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