Jesus of Nazareth

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Seven Stories Press, 2010 - Biography & Autobiography - 288 pages

Who was the historical Jesus? Here veteran movie director Paul Verhoeven’s lifelong fascination with the facts and fictions surrounding the life of Jesus of Nazareth culminates in a work of brazen scholarship. Combining his passion for the subject with an in-depth knowledge of the history gained through rigorous study, Verhoeven paints a portrait of Jesus the man and Jesus the radical prophet. Verhoeven constructs a new vision of Jesus as a child born from the rape of Mary by a Roman soldier, as a spiritualist who performed exorcisms by screaming and spitting in the mouths of the possessed to drive out demons, and as a militant revolutionary who urged his followers to arm themselves.

After moving from his native Holland to Los Angeles in 1985, Paul Verhoeven became the only non-theologian admitted into the Jesus Seminar, a group of seventy-seven eminent scholars in theology, philosophy, linguistics, and biblical history. Their discussions are devoted to determining what Jesus actually said and did. Jesus of Nazareth was developed in extensive consultation with Rob van Scheers, Verhoeven’s biographer. Verhoeven is the director of successful films such as Turkish Delight (1973), Soldier of Orange (1977), The Fourth Man (1983), RoboCop (1987), Basic Instinct (1992), Starship Troopers (1997), and Black Book (2006).

Susan Massotty is an award-winning translator who has also translated The Diary of Anne Frank, My Father’s Notebook by Kader Abdolah, All Souls Day by Cees Nooteboom, Wedding by the Sea by Abdelkader Benali, and The Kreutzer Sonata by Margriet de Moor. She lives and works in the Netherlands.

 

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Question: What happens when an accomplished film maker delves into the realm of historical Jesus scholarship? Answer: Fresh insight. Paul Verhoeven is the only non-theologian admitted to the Jesus ... Read full review

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Not a bad book, just not very interesting or unique. For the most part, Verhoeven borrows the scholarship of others, namely those scholars contributing to the 'Jesus Seminar', in an attempt to place ... Read full review

Contents

From Conception to Early Adulthood
31
John the Baptist and Jesus
39
Jesus Proclamation of the Kingdom of God
53
Jesus the Exorcist
79
Jesus Flees
93
The Transfiguration
113
The Confrontation
131
Lazarus Is Killed
141
The Traitor
179
Epilogue
187
The Secret Gospel of Mark
189
Did Jesus Select the Twelve Disciples Himself?
197
Notes
201
Bibliography
265
Index of Scriptural Passages
277
Index
285

The Last Day of Jesus Life
161

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After moving from his native Holland to Los Angeles in 1985, PAUL VERHOEVEN became the only non-theologian admitted into the Jesus Seminar, a group of seventy-seven eminent scholars in theology, philosophy, linguistics, and biblical history. Their discussions are devoted to determining what Jesus had actually said and done. Jesus of Nazareth was developed in extensive consultation with Rob van Scheers, Verhoeven's biographer. Verhoeven is the director of successful films such as Turkish Delight (1973), Soldier of Orange (1977), The Fourth Man (1983), RoboCop (1987), Basic Instinct (1992), Starship Troopers (1997) and Black Book (2006).

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