Anyone had a chance to check this putatively historical assessment of
Jesus' life described below? I've added some emphasis below, in blue.
>The Secret Message of Jesus
>by Brian McLaren
>Brian McLaren, one of Time magazine's "25 Most Influential Evangelicals in
>America," is back. His latest work, The Secret Message of Jesus, leads
>readers on a journey as ground-shaking as it is life-changing. The quest:
>find the essential message of Jesus' life - even if it overturns
>conventional ideas, priorities, and practices.
>"Through the years, I have frequently had an uncomfortable feeling," wrote
>McLaren, "that the portrait of Jesus I found in the New Testament didn't
>fit with the images of Jesus in the church." Out of that nagging
>discomfort arose McLaren's most revolutionary book to date.
Here's a review, from Amazon.com:
> From Publishers Weekly
>Starred Review. Pastor and bestselling author McLaren (A New Kind of
>Christian) explores Jesus's teaching in this book, placing it in its
>Jewish context, analyzing its tenets and expression, and trying to work
>out how it should be lived today. McLaren starts with the assumption that
>the church may not have accurately understood Jesus's "secret message"
>(hidden "as a treasure one must seek in order to find"). He revisits the
>gospel material from a freshand at times radicalperspective. The church
>has focused on salvation as a means to "heaven after you die" for too
>long, according to McLaren; we should take Jesus at his word when he says
>"the kingdom of God is here now," and work to assist that kingdom by being
>peacemakers and loving others. McLaren admits to not exploring every topic
>here in depth, in an effort to keep the book brief, but he does an
>excellent job of capturing Jesus's quiet, revolutionary stylethe prophet
>who spoke in parables, who didn't want people to talk about his miracles,
>who challenged established Jewish thought, and paradoxically found
>ultimate fulfillment and victory through death. Conservative evangelicals
>will be critical of some points (and there are weaknesses here), but this
>book will appeal to a broad spectrum of people who want to understand
>Jesus. (Apr. 4)
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>All rights reserved.
Amazon.com has a whole bunch of reader-reviews of the book. Another
>. . . The book itself is divided into three main sections. The first,
>"Excavation: Digging Beneath the Surface to Uncover Jesus's Message",
>dives into the historical and especially the first century Jewish context
>of Jesus' message.
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