The essential Jesus: original sayings and earliest images

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HarperSanFrancisco, 1994 - Biography & Autobiography - 199 pages
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In his most concise and controversial portrait of Jesus yet, the author of The Historical Jesus and The Cross That Spoke reveals who Jesus really was prior to the New Testament Gospels and almost 2,000 years of Christian history. Crossan's fresh translations of Jesus' sayings show him to be a teacher who lived his own radical message. 30 photos.

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User Review  - auntmarge64 - LibraryThing

This is a book to make one think very hard about what it means to be a follower of Jesus and/or a Christian, and they’re not necessarily the same thing. For instance, I would consider Gandhi a ... Read full review

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User Review  - cfhillen - LibraryThing

The most interesting aspect of this book is the use of the images from Pre-Constantinian Christian art to illustrate the sayings of Jesus. Plate # 10 is very interesting. It seems that this fresco is the only surviving meal scene which includes a woman in Pre -Constantinian art. Read full review

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Considered by many to be the most learned scholar on the topic of Jesus Christ, John Dominic Crossan's adversaries question how he reconciles his Catholic faith with 20th century secular study. A former priest, Crossan is the author of The Essential Jesus: Original Sayings and Earliest Images, The Historical Jesus: The Life of a Mediterranean Jewish Peasant, Jesus: A Revolutionary Biography; The Birth of Christianity: Discovering What Happened in the Years Immediately After the Execution of Jesus, and The Cross That Spoke: The Origins of the Passion Narrative, among others.

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