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According to Hagenston, Jesus had such a hard edge when it came to Gentiles that he coined his own unflattering term for them—dogs. He limited what he was offering strictly to Jews. Yet the religion that began in his name quickly transformed into a predominantly Gentile movement centered on blood sacrifice to obtain God’s forgiveness, a practice rejected by many Jews long ...more
Paperback, 108 pages
Published July 15th 2014 by Polebridge Press
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To say that Hagenston's book is controversial is a colossal understatement. He is, of course, very well aware of this. The great majority of fundamentalist Christians would never even consider opening his book. He acknowledges that and writes very early on that, "If you are of such strongly traditional faith that you are not open to seeing anything in the Bible that you may have overlooked, even words of Jesus, you may not wish to continue this book." I would echo that and say if you are, then ...more
Loved it so so much. I am a history nerd; love ancient history and love the history of religion as well, plus I'm an atheist but one who is and always has been very interested in religion. This book was totally written for people like me. It's not an academic work, - it's a conversational and very readable one - and nor is it a work of history; it is polemic - probably too strong a word, but I figure I'd get it out there anyway, because to many people (specifically those with traditional ...more