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The God of Jesus : The Historical Jesus and the Search for Meaning
by Stephen J. Patterson
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Paperback - 256 pages (May 1998)
Trinity Pr Intl; ISBN: 1563382288 ; Dimensions (in inches): 0.86 x 8.92 x 5.95
Amazon.com Sales Rank: 60,251
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zzexum@... from Bisbee, AZ , November 19, 1998
One terrific book
This is a superb book. Patterson, more than most, integrates the quest for the Jesus of history and the quest for God. I have learned much from Borg and Crossan and all the others, but Patterson pulls it all together with his own scholarship and love of the subject. His treatment of the parables and his discussion of the "Empire oF God" were especially helpful to me. Too often this subject is too academic, perhaps necessarily so, but Patterson steers us always to the important spiritual and faith questions.
A reader from Missouri (USA) , September 3, 1998
Excellent and Readable Text
Patterson’s discussion of the “Quest for the historical Jesus” and how this quest actually relates to the human search for God is perhaps the most readable text on the topic. Patterson’s text is much more than a dry, academic presentation, his own profound faith combines with strong New Testament scholarship. If one reads this book with an open mind, he or she will find her faith both challenged and strengthened in ways that move beyond the safe, academic environment of seminary and graduate school classrooms into the real world and real life. Patterson also does an excellent job correcting misconceptions and stereotypes about the work of the numerous and diverse scholars who participate in The Jesus Seminar, yet clearly is not afraid to challenge positions of his colleagues when he believes that the evidence warrants a differing conclusion from the consensus.
Those who have not had the wonderful opportunity to study directly under Professor Patterson at Eden Theological Seminary in St. Louis, Missouri will discover the warmth and vitality combined with excellent scholarship which have made his classes so very popular.
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