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Jesus: A 21st Century Biography (Library Edition) epub

by Ralph Cosham,Paul Johnson


Jesus: A 21st Century Biography (Library Edition) epub

ISBN: 1441721932

ISBN13: 978-1441721938

Author: Ralph Cosham,Paul Johnson

Category: Bibles

Subcategory: Theology

Language: English

Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.; Unabridged library edition (March 4, 2010)

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Rating: 4.6

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Jesus: A Biography, from a Believer. Johnson's magisterial and revered book A History of Christianity is a masterpiece of historical writing on religion; and in his new book he returns to focus on a central figure in one of the world's dominant religions.

Jesus: A Biography, from a Believer. Johnson's intelligent and conversational style, as well as his ability to distill complex subjects into succinct, highly readable works, make this book the ideal match of a major historian with a major subject.

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This book presents thought-provoking questions and challenges facing modern Christianity in the 21st Century. Raises questions about the credibility of the Bible and some of the core beliefs of Christians today. Demonstrates how the teachings attributed to Jesus are in stark contradiction to those of the Apostle Paul, whose teachings became the basis of Christianity that are very different from what is ascribed to the legendary figure of Jesus. Has special sections addressing issues for evangelical Protestants, Catholics and Mormons.

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From this bestselling author and acclaimed historian comes a powerful portrayal of the life of Jesus. Is Jesus relevant to us today? Few figures have had such an influence on history as Jesus of Nazareth. His teachings have inspired discussion, arguments, even war. Yet few have ever held forth as movingly as Jesus on the need for peace, forgiveness, and mercy. Paul Johnson offers listeners a lively biography of the man who inspired one of the world's great religions and whose lessons still guide us in current times. Johnson's intelligent and conversational style, as well as his ability to distill complex subjects into succinct and highly readable works, makes this book an ideal match of a major historian with a major subject. The result is an accessible biography and an insightful analysis of how Jesus is important in the present era.
A wonderful bio, a well known story deeply enriched yet carefully not embelished. It is the reader's privildge to learn, whether believer or non, learn deeply through straight forward fact-telling, much about the life Jesus lived. Paul Johnson, a prolific, hard working historian who both grasps and tells us in vivid detail (through thousands of pages of familiar, widely published works) so much about millennia of history has trained that extraordinary acumen here on but a third of a century of time. The result, an historian's work of art - pure in its own stature - but then "touched" by the brush of Johnson's believer's heart and soul.

During my second reading of "Jesus, a Biography from a Believer", I took to pausing to read (in the King James Version) nearly each one of the dozens of verse citations sprinkled throughout the biography. For me, "Jesus" has become a supplemental bible study. A real "page-turner" which for me, reads like a thriller.

Today, I am reading "Jesus" for the third time.
Kudos to Paul Johnson! Johnson is one of this reviewer's favorite historians. This is true whether one is perusing one of his huge tomes such as "Modern Times"; "A History of the American People"; "A History of Christianity"; or "A History of Judaism or one of his succinct biographies such as "Napoleon"; "Churchill" or Socrates.
Jesus is a biographical journey of the Christ form his birth in Bethlehem to His crucifixion on Golgatha and His resurrection in the garden. Johnson tells the familiar story by following the outline of the synoptic gosepls and the maverick gospel John. The book is filled with biblical quotations and sparkling insights. Among the quotes by Johnson I noted the following with my trusty Lamy pen:
"The world into which Jesus was born was harsh, cruel, violent and unstable. It was also materialistic and increasingly wealthy."-p. 11
"...the massacre of the innocents...reminds us of the darker side of life in an obscure province of the Roman Empire in the first century AD."-p. 23
"It is a somber and unwelcome fact that for more than half of Jesus' life we know absolutely nothing about what he did or where he went or how he lived."-p. 27
"He was man, and needed to be man, for four reasons" First, to put people to the test of faith. Second, to communicate as a human being. Third, to suffer. And fourth, to serve as a model for all time, which he could do only as man-the way of Jesus."And being a man, he needed helpers, disciples, apostles."-p. 47
"He was a reluctant miracle worker."-p. 59
"The truth is, Jesus was not so much a rhetorician, or a preacher, as a poet."-p. 99
"The essence of a Jesus parable is to stimulate thought..."-p. 106
"His speech was silver, but we weigh his silences in gold."-p. 122
"...those who have followed him over two thousand years have made the world a better place, and they have enabled many of those who dwell in it to lead more fulfilled and happier lives."-p. 161
"The Christianity he bequeathed has not been tried and failed. As G.K. Chesterton once wrote, it has been found difficult and left untried. But it remains at our disposal. It's message, at its simplest is; do as Jesus did."-p. 226
As a Presbyterian pastor I would recommend this little gem of a book as a gift to new church members; participants in a confirmation class or as a personal devotional or text in a church school class. It's a fine book of Christian belief!
Paul Johnson has that rarest of talents for a writer of biography, he has the ability to write in an engaging manner and to understand what makes his literary object worth writing about. This excellent book by Paul Johnson is a perfect addition to the library of the faithful or a fan of history.

Johnson's opening few pages are among the clearest examples I have encountered of an unequivical justification for Jesus' singular place in the history of the world and of mankind. I am a believer, as is Johnson, and I am also a fan of history. While I have never doubted the historical truth behind Jesus existence, I was complelled by Johnson's matter of fact reverence for the historic nature of his existence, written by both the historian and the believer in himself.

I am sure there are far more detailed biographies and historical works on Jesus, but this was a not a book intended to be source material for a doctoral thesis. Instead, what you find in this book is an excellent guide to discovering (or re-discovering) Jesus Christ as both a historical figure and also as the Son of God, our Saviour, and Lord. I found Johnson's frequent citing of scripture to be very helpful and it made the reading of this book all the more enjoyable as I was able to reference the Bible and read directly from that first source.

This book is so thoroughly readable that I would find it hard for anyone of the Christian faith to not find it a valuable part of their ongoing study. It should also prove useful for any non-believer to understand the historical truths behind Jesus the man and to gain insight into why he has been such a powerful force in human history.
As one who is further developing a true personal relationship with God and truly accepting Jesus as my Savior, I completely appreciated this book as it follows the life of Jesus. Reading very much like a biography, it examines the relationships with His Evangelists, His Disciples, His miracles, and His actions while giving different perspectives of each from the ideas of John, Mark, Matthew and Luke.

Although I have read the Bible, this book is ideal for those wanting to learn more about Jesus Christ as it's center subject without a religious tilting towards a certain Christian viewpoint.

Highly recommended for those beginning their journey with Christ to those who are fortunate to have had Him as a leader, above all others, in their life for years. Also, a good book for children ages 12+ to learn more about Jesus, as a man, while on this earth and the happenings and His beliefs which guided Him to be our Savior.