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The Shadow of the Galilean: The Quest of the Historical Jesus in Narrative Form [Paperback]

By Gerd Theissen (Author)
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First published in 1987 by Fortress Press, this 20th anniversary edition of this classic bestseller includes a new Afterword from the author. Here, in narrative form, is an account of the activity of Jesus of Nazareth, scrupulously constructed so that it does not undercut the insights of New Testament scholarship. What makes it different from other such attempts is that Jesus never actually appears. What we find everywhere is his shadow, his effect. Such an approach avoids the usual pitfalls of the genre and lends this story - attributed to a fictitious narrator - an attraction, freshness, and power all its own. Tension and interest are maintained to the end, even for those sated with books about Jesus. Careful documentation in the footnotes shows how much of the narrative is based on ancient sources.

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First published in 1987 by Fortress Press, this 20th anniversary edition of this classic bestseller includes a new Afterword from the author. Here, in narrative form, is an account of the activity of Jesus of Nazareth, scrupulously constructed so that it does not undercut the insights of New Testament scholarship. What makes it different from other such attempts is that Jesus never actually appears. What we find everywhere is his shadow, his effect. Such an approach avoids the usual pitfalls of the genre and lends this story attributed to a fictitious narrator an attraction, freshness, and power all its own. Tension and interest are maintained to the end, even for those sated with books about Jesus. Careful documentation in the footnotes shows how much of the narrative is based on ancient sources.

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Format: Deluxe Edition
Studio: Fortress Press
Pages   212
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.39" Width: 5.58" Height: 0.47"
Weight:   0.65 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Jul 1, 2007
Publisher   AUGSBURG FORTRESS PUB. #99
Edition  Updated  
ISBN  0800639006  
ISBN13  9780800639006  


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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Gerd Theissen is Professor of New Testament at the University of Heidelberg.

Gerd Theissen was born in 1953.

Gerd Theissen has published or released items in the following series...
  1. T & T Clark Academic Paperbacks


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1Books > Subjects > Religion & Spirituality > Christianity > Christian Living > General
2Books > Subjects > Religion & Spirituality > Christianity > Jesus > Historical Jesus
3Books > Subjects > Religion & Spirituality > Christianity > Reference > Criticism & Interpretation > Criticism & Interpretation
4Books > Subjects > Religion & Spirituality > Christianity > Theology


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Reviews - What do customers think about The Shadow of the Galilean: The Quest of the Historical Jesus in Narrative Form?

Poorly written, sometimes heretical  Nov 1, 2006
I was very disappointed in this book. It is poorly written and contains many grammatical errors. Theissen's Jesus seems limited to restructuring Jewish society and also seems more involved in politics than the Biblical Jesus. Theissen also suggests that Jesus' miracles weren't really miracles. One of the characters, a wealthy woman who supports Jesus, says,

"When I or others send him food . . . and my people suddenly bring it out, the crowd thinks it's a miracle that there's so much to eat. These poor people have often never seen so much food all at once. If you like, it's indeed a miracle." (page 120)

Later, she adds,

"[H]e knows that the people have an exaggerated belief in miracles because they mistrust their own powers. So he often stresses that `Your faith has healed you.' He explicitly says: "I didn't do the miracle; the power to become whole lies in you yourself.' He wants to cure these little people of their superstitious mistrust of themselves." (page 123)

Although the book was somewhat interesting, I didn't think that it was worth the time spent reading it. I would recommend Lew Wallace's Ben-Hur, perhaps, as an alternative to this book.
 
A different twist to Jesus  Jul 19, 2001
It is told from a very interesting point of view. A person who is seeking Jesus, always one step behind, gets to see the results of Jesus' good deeds along the way. Some of them didn't quite come out as one would expect. Often, chaos fell upon the villages, resulting from the interference of Jesus. It's a different view point of Jesus and his work along the way.
 
"Experiencing" Those Who Interpreted Jesus  Aug 2, 2000
In this amazing and enjoyable book, Gerd Theissen (pronounced "Tyson") allows us to experience Jesus the Galilean in a way which demonstrates the manner in which the Christian Testament came to exist. To attempt to understand Jesus is to interpret Jesus, and through the eyes of Theissen's characters we see a theoretical construct at work which is not only insightful, but also faithful to the methods of modern biblical criticism and Christian theology as a whole. I highly recommend this book for those who would like insights into the development of the Christian canon of scripture and for those who wish to better understand the Jewishness of Jesus.

Pastors, lay leaders and religious educators of all types will gain invaluable information from this work. It is both scholarly and easy-to-read and it has been enjoyed and cited by educators and theologians alike.

 
The Shadow of the Galilean  Dec 29, 1999
Wow! This is a super work! Theissen takes the reader to the historical setting and depicts various aspects through the eyes of a fictional character. The main character, who is also a Galilean Jew, makes observations of political and social agendas as he unintentionally becomes submerged in the subjection of these movements. There are plenty of notes throughout the book that gives reference to the historical data that is woven in this work of art. This is a creative reconstruction of emotion and desire from a variety of perspectives in the ancient setting.
 
The Shadow of the Galilean is worthy reading.  Dec 27, 1999
A wonderful book reflecting on what the 1st century world could have been like based on primary sources. This book should be read with a critical eye, understanding it as a model, not fact. Is this really what we are being shown in the New Testment?
 

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