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Young Jesus: Restoring the "Lost Years" of a Social Activist and Religious Dissident

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A revolutionary look at the early life of Christ. Drawing on new evidence from the historical and archeological record, as well as insightful close readings of both the canonical and the Gnostic Gospels, Dr. Jean-Pierre Isbouts paints a fascinating portrait of Jesus as a grass-roots reformer with a social agenda who’s as much dissident as messiah. Dr. Isbouts reveals an ...more
Hardcover, 336 pages
Published March 4th 2008 by Sterling
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Mar 11, 2009 Rod rated it really liked it
Interesting possibilities on what the young Jesus may have been up to during those "lost" years. A lot of meaty political and social history of the time and place that certainly helps flesh out the context for the words we read in the Gospel, even if our speculation about the individual life of Jesus can only ever amount to just that...speculation. Still, it's a story and words that have helped shape history...worth speculating about for me.
Nov 27, 2012 Socraticgadfly rated it really liked it
A very interesting "historical Jesus" concept

Isbouts, like John Dominic Crossan, whom he cites as an important influence, tries to ground the adult Jesus in a childhood and young adulthood in multicultural, heavily Gentile Galilee.

Cognizant of historical scholarship, he starts by assuming Jesus was an illegitimate child, or was perceived as such, "overshadowings" by the Holy Spirit aside. From there, he shows how Jewish peasant farmers in Galilee, under Herodean rule, were getting squeezed ever
Mark Sequeira
As a reader and 'fan' of N.T. Wright and Richard Horsley, let me say that I appreciate a lot about this book, but there are quite a few weaknesses including far too many assumptions about what is 'factual/historical' and what he chooses to believe is made up or 'untrue.' Why should we assume that Josephus is more accurate than a first century disciple? Esp. since their readers were much closer to the action and more critical of 'facts' and source material to accuse the original writers of ...more
Nina Gayle
Anyone who interprets the Bible literally and believes that there is no error in the Biblical historical accounts would denounce this book. But for those whose faith is in the spiritual truth of the Bible and do not believe the Bible was written as a history book, it was easy to read and fascinating, full of historical background and archaeological discoveries that shed light on Jesus as a historical person.
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JEAN-PIERRE ISBOUTS is a humanities scholar and graduate professor in the doctoral programs at Fielding Graduate University in Santa Barbara, California. He has published widely on the origins of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam, including the bestseller Biblical World: An Illustrated Atlas; Young Jesus: Restoring the "Lost Years" of a Social Activist and Religious Dissident; From Moses to ...more
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