Jesus: A Revolutionary Biography

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9780060616694: Jesus: A Revolutionary Biography

“Crossan paints his Jesus with great warmth and power.”
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John Dominic Crossan is widely regarded as the leading authority on the words and life of Jesus Christ. His classic national bestseller, Jesus, is a powerful and controversial portrait of a courageous revolutionary, philosopher, and political agitator who challenged the prevailing rules of the social order. Bold, moving, and provocative, a book that will affect every Christian reader deeply and profoundly, Jesus is a remarkable work that presents a very different view of a savior and king of peace who proclaimed—in thought and action—that all may participate in the rule of God.

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Cuts through the arcane research of biblical scholarship to present an historical description of the life of Jesus, depicting him as a social revolutionary who preached a message of radical egalitarianism. 25,000 first printing. $25,000 ad/promo.

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"Crossan untangles the elaborate fabric of fact and fiction, of history and mythology, in the four gospels in order to detect the historical Jesus and the earliest Christian communities...an essential contribution to the discovery of genuine Christian life."--Uta Ranke-Heinemann, author of Eunuchs for the Kingdom of Heaven

From the world's leading expert on the life of Jesus. Social revolutionary, Jewish Socrates, political troublemaker--this shocking, insightful portrait presents Jesus as a societal rebel who preached and practiced a message of radical egalitarianism.

Crossan's revolutionary discoveries about the life of Jesus:

The infancy narratives were fable-like in their depictions and are easily clarified by historical fact. They were created to signal Jesus' importance and continuity with and fulfillment of the Torah.

The resurrection is a myth signifying that Jesus' spirit, inspiration, teaching, and example lived on powerfully in his surviving followers.

Jesus was more radical and threatening than any political revolutionary leader of his time or since, because he espoused absolute equality in a society that was completely segregated along class and gender lines.

Jesus' healing activities were not so much miracles of physical transformation but rather liberating declarations that sick people were fully acceptable members of society rather than untouchables afflicted by God for some sin.

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