Jack Miles's book is a provocative and revisionary look at the life of Jesus, in which many of the most well-worn truths about Christ are recontextualized and revisited. It does not look for the historical Jesus, but takes the Gospels as the sole source about his life. The "crisis" to which the title refers is the continued subjugation of the Jews after 500 years. God has not come to save them in a conventional way, but instead causes his son to appear as a Jew, inflicting upon himself in advance the fate that was destined for the Jews. By rising from the dead, he sidesteps this fate, and offers the promise of cosmic victory. This complex book will cause you to see Christ's life and passion anew.More
"Weaving philosophy and literature into his reflections on the Bible, Miles offers literary perspectives on the life of Christ that are at once provocative and revelatory." (Publishers Weekly)
"Provocative and deeply engaging....This is a spectacular story, and Miles tells it well....Exciting reading." (The New York Times Book Review)
"Grover Gardner's baritone voice has a serious aura to it, and his pace is appropriately deliberate, permitting the listener to reconsider the Jesus story. Gardner certainly understands and communicates the intentions and nuances of the text in his reading." (AudioFile)
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Very, very thought provoking!
- C. Larsen