Item description for The Man from Nazareth: The Story of Jesus According to Matthew, Mark, and Luke by Mel Storm...
Overview The Man from Nazareth is a study of the life of Jesus according to the first three gospels. The book opens with an examination of the sources for the historical Jesus, followed by a general introduction to the first three gospels. The rest of the book traces the story of Jesus from the infancy narratives to the resurrection. Dr. Storm wrote this book for his students in his introductory course on the life of Jesus. However, any person who is interested in biblical studies will find this book to be helpful in learning more about Jesus and the gospels.
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A great place to start Sep 4, 2009
When I asked the Preacher at my church for some recommendations on "scholarly works on Jesus and the gospels", this is one of the books he recommended. He also recommended that I read it first, perhaps because he realized my Bible knowledge was not strong and this would be the best place to start for someone like me.
He couldn't have been more right. For someone who wanted to learn more about Jesus the historical figure and Jesus the religious figure, but had very little grasp of the subject, this was the perfect place to start.
Mr. Storm's writing is very engaging. It flows well and is easy to follow. He does not shy away from controversy, but provides reasoned explanations where possible. He even touches on textual criticism. When it is not possible to draw reasoned conclusions he provides options and steers away from making claims without substance.
This is not a heavy read, and those well versed on the subject may not find any deep new insights therein. I went on to read Everett Harrison's "A Short Life of Christ" afterwards and realized that, if I had started with it instead of the book being reviewed, I would still be lost. For someone like me though, "Man from Nazareth" was a perfect fit, offering easy to understand explanations and commentary, which helped to make reading heavier works like Harrison's more accessible.
In other words, if you are new to the subject like I was, this is an excellent primer text.
Reading Mr. Storm's book helped to give me a solid basis for further study into Jesus and the synoptic gospels. It answered some qustions I had about some of the parts of Jesus' story that were sticking points for me. It also sparked a desire to learn more, and I find myself delving deeper into the Bible's development and the development of early Christianity.
My thanks to Mr. Storm for providing an excellent primer and the inspiration to pursue the subject in depth.