Jesus: A Biography from a Believer
From the bestselling author and acclaimed historian, a powerful portrayal of the life of Jesus
Is Jesus relevant to us today? Few figures have had such an influence on history as Jesus of Nazareth. His teachings have inspired discussion, arguments, even war, and yet few have ever held forth as movingly on the need for peace, forgiveness, and mercy. Paul Johnson's brillia...more
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I didn't learn all that much about the Christian doctrine espoused by Jesus, having soaked up tons of it at church, at Sunday school, by reading the gospels, and by reading other history books, the most illuminating ones being those that contrast religions (especia ...more
I'm not sure of the intended audience for this book. Those with a secular bent will most likely not read it or agree with any of it if they did read through it. Those with a spiritual outlook most likely have their own beliefs, theology, and commentaries to consult and therefore will not agree with much of this book either. (I'm in the latter category, in case you couldn't tell) I applaud ...more
Johnson counts things, like parables - so many in Mark, so many in Matthew. And miracles. And how many times Jesus told the person whom he was healing or raising from the dead that they wer ...more
Don't get me wrong, there is some of that in this book, but not enough to suit my taste. This would be a great book for a new Christi ...more
While much of the material may be repetitive for long-time students of Christ's life, the book is a solid introduction and does contain some interesting historical details that you would expect from such an eminent writer. I enjoyed simply seeing the life of Jesus through the eyes of a historian who ...more
Mohu se jen dohadovat, proč jde v podtitulu o životopis pro 21. století, protože si myslím, že stejný text by se dal napsat i pro století dvacáté nebo desáté. Když ale neznáte dobře Nový zákon, zde naleznete jeho stručný výcuc. Taková reader digest verze Ježíšova života, která je vážným konkurentem ukecané gedeonské bibli zanechané v hotelovém pokoji, protože večer díky stručnému textu stihnete v hektickém 21. století uspokojit kromě duše i další s ...more
Would recommend this to anyone who wants to learn a little more about our Savior Jesus Christ :)
Now, following my second reading of this book, high comes after reading Zealot and more history of biblical writings, I would say this is enjoyable but a much simplified version of Jesus history. The best part is what the author calls the ten new commandments of Jesus, which are very worthy to understand.
He claims much to be eyewitness accounts which were not.
It's a tall order to add much to this subject, but the book is well written and did add a bit of perspective to the story for me.
Paul Johnson has published over 40 books incl ...more