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Beyond the Passion: Rethinking the Death and Life of Jesus

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For most Christian believers, what is truly remarkable and important about Jesus is not his life, but his resurrection from the dead. They may believe that Jesus' death is significant not as the end of Jesus' life, but as the first half of the saving event that comprises the Christian gospel: the death and resurrection of Jesus. For Christians, this great divine cosmic ...more
Paperback, 161 pages
Published August 1st 2004 by Augsburg Fortress Publishing
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Kendall Davis
Nov 19, 2019 rated it did not like it
I'm not sure I've ever read a book that is so well researched, but also so profoundly wrong. I recognize that I am biased because I profoundly disagree with the author at nearly every level, but the author's analysis and use of sources was disappointing to say the least. His portait of Jesus as a proto-Marxist peasant hippy was rather unconvincing.

I think that the author's analysis is horribly reductionist. The author repeatedly identifies what is a legitimate facet of the significance of the
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Lawrence
Aug 01, 2014 rated it really liked it
Anyone who is interested in Jesus --- whether as a changing icon of Western Civilization or as a savior --- would like this book. It is well written and even passionate in the sense that Mr. Patterson is warmly involved in his topic.

At first, I resisted the book because I thought it might be in the vein of those books that seek the "historical" or "pre-Gospel" Jesus. In my opinion, this search is supported by too few clues, and I distrust the versions of historical context that they propose.
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