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Jesus : an intimate portrait of the Man, His land, and His people
Anderson, Leith
Adult Nonfiction BT301.3 .A53 2005

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Written by a Baptist pastor, this "biography" is really a harmony of the gospel accounts arranged in chronological order. As such, it smoothes over the literary and theological complexities of the biblical texts (e.g., Jesus' blessing on the poor in spirit in Matthew 5:3 is made prominent while the parallel blessing on the financially bereft in Luke 6:20 is ignored). Anderson's attempts to set Jesus' life within historical, societal, and political perspective are at times overly simplistic. For instance, his analysis of the differences between Jesus and the Pharisees is explained as the former's disregard of the latter's piety and practices. No examination of the variety of thought in first-century Judaism is made, such as the clear differences between the competing Pharisaic schools of Shammai and Hillel (the latter of which had more affinity to Jesus' teaching). Moreover, the narrative is loaded with anachronisms, slang, and interpolated thought processes to give the account a more contemporary feel. Recommended only for public libraries serving conservative Christians.-Christopher Brennan, SUNY Coll. at Brockport Lib. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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