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I'm not a believer, but I remain interested in and sympathetic toward Christianity. John Dickson's thoughtful analysis - a "biography from a believer," to use a phrase associated with another recent biography of Jesus - didn't change my mind about theological matters. But he does write gently and persuasively on the subject and is obviously well-versed in current research on the history of first-century Palestine. If someone WERE able to change my mind, it would be someone like him.
This is, in short, an excellent review of the historical Jesus from a frankly Christian perspective. Committed Christians who have been wary of stepping into these waters should give the book a try: they will come away with a stronger sense of the historical and theological underpinnings of their faith. Those who are outside the fold, like me, should give the book a listen as well, if only to see that it's possible to have a calm and reasoned discussion of the issues.
I was partly interested because Simon Vance is the narrator, and he always does a superb job with this kind of book. His voice is clear, steady, well-paced, and consistently interesting.
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just was hoping for a bit more interesting listen. But not sure what I was expecting for a book like this. Some very interesting parts.