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  • Hardcover: 250 pages
  • Publisher: Allen Lane (Nov. 14 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 071399567X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0713995671
  • Product Dimensions: 16.2 x 4.1 x 24.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 816 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
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Geza Vermes was born in Hungary in 1924. From 1957 to 1991 he taught in at the Universities of Newcastle and Oxford. Professor Vermes is the author of The Complete Dead Sea Scrolls in English (1997) and The Changing Faces of Jesus (2000). He lives in Oxford. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Peter Uys HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on Dec 31 2007
Format: Hardcover
Here Geza Vermes has collected, thematically classified and succinctly commented on every word attributed to Jesus in the Gospels of Luke, Mark & Matthew. To a lesser extent he refers to the Gospel of John and rarely also to the non-canonical Gospel of Thomas. To understand the evidence within the historical framework and for purposes of comparison, he draws on the intertestamental records of Judaism: the Apocrypha, Pseudo-Epigrapha, Dead Sea Scrolls, the work of Philo of Alexandria and Flavius Josephus plus the legal and interpretative rabbinic literature.

The aim is to rediscover the core message preached and practiced by Jesus, whose statements are grouped into nine chapters by literary category: narratives & commands, controversy stories, words of wisdom, parables, scripture quotes, prayers, Son of Man sayings, Statements about the Kingdom of God, and Eschatological Rules of Behaviour. The commentary following these quotations endeavors to separate the different levels of superimposed meaning with the goal of establishing their primary settings and significance.

In the final chapter Vermes attempts to formulate the principles that establish parameters for the authenticity of these words. He probes beneath the layers produced by evangelists, the early church and 2000 years of Christianity in order to discover the true meaning of the original teachings. The work culminates in the Epilogue in which the author attempts to outline the essence of the message and personality of the real Jesus based on the words judged most likely to be genuine.

The section titled The Religion of Jesus reveals that there was nothing abstract, theoretical or speculative about it. Jesus tried to teach his listeners how to draw close to God through concrete action and behaviour.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on Feb. 2 2006
Format: Hardcover
Prof. Vermes produces an excellent review of the sayings attributed to Jesus in the gospels. Breaking them down themeatically, Vermes considers the context and possible 'authentitcity' of Jesus' words. From this, he attempts, as in previous books, to construct a personality around the figure of Jesus away from High Christology's deity. A valid attempt (though I personally contend some of his conclusions), and one marked by Prof. Vermes's excellent scholarship.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Bhikshu on Aug. 20 2008
Format: Hardcover
Christianity as practiced by the great majority of its adherents is frankly nonsense, a melange of superstition and prescientific fable. Hence it's no surprise that this book displeases flat-earth Roman Catholics like B. Hill.

But the real tragedy is that the organized delusions of mainstream Christianity can make us throw out the baby with the bath water. True, there is no convincing proof that anyone named Jesus of Nazareth ever existed. But the message attributed to this apocryphal messiah is profoundly true. It is in fact the same message brought by every other great teacher of humanity before and since the supposed lifetime of Jesus.

It scarcely matters whether the words of Jesus were truly uttered by a historical personage or whether they combine the teachings of several Anashei haElohim, "Men of God," who lived in Galilee during that era. With impeccable scholarship Geza Vermes demonstrates the high probability of the latter view, as against the patent absurdity of mainstream Christian dogma.
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Anything by Geza Vernes is worth reading. He is probably one of the greatest modern biblical scholars whose has extensive biblical archeological experience.
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1 of 15 people found the following review helpful By B. Hill, Ph.D. on Dec 27 2003
Format: Hardcover
Mr. Vermes gladly embraces all the worst methods of the notorious "Jesus Seminar", methods which are overwhelmingly rejected by the vast majority of New Testament scholars.
The method essentially consists in this: If the authors of the Gospel agree with my agenda then what they say is true. If they disagree, then they or someone else must have added something in. Sigh.
As well, for years Vermes has been trying to slot Jesus in with someone called "Honni the Circle-Drawer". This is beyond absurdity. In fact, all the books Vermes has "dedicated" to Jesus are absurd. They all simply wreak of agenda-politics.
Is this what passes for scholarship at Oxford University? God help us.
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