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Jesus by Paul  Johnson
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Nov 06, 2011

it was ok
bookshelves: religious
Read from November 06 to December 07, 2011

This book makes some pretty bold statements about what Jesus thought, liked, etc. when Jesus made no such statements according the sources that we have. I have no problem with drawing inferences, which we have to do if we are really going to study the life of Christ, but those inferences should be stated as such and shouldn't be declared as fact. While reading this book, I just rolled my eyes at these kinds of statements and overlooked them in favor of looking for the few interesting insights that Johnson has to offer hear. I gave up, though, when I got to the chapter about Jesus' "New Ten Commandments." Most of these new "commandments" were never actually stated by Christ and most of them can only be inferred from his life by taking large leaps from the source material. I think that if Jesus had a "New Ten Commandments" he would have enumerated them, much as he did with the Beatitudes.

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