Jesus The Unauthorized Biography

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Jesus  The Unauthorized Biography

Who was Jesus Christ, and how did he make such an astonishing impact that still resonates today? Exploring evidence from the New Testament gospels, early church writings, the apocryphal gospels, Roman literature, and archaeology, readers are given a vivid portrait of Jesus’ first-century Jewish cultural context. Examining the accounts of his birth, his radical message and lifestyle, the dramatic events around his death, and the revolutionary claims made regarding his resurrection, this book offers a compelling biography of a man that his followers called the Messiah. If you have ever wondered about the impact of Jesus’ social class on his ministry; why he was at odds with religious authorities; the influence of Roman occupation; the interactions with contemporary resistance movements; or the prominent role of women in his disciple community, then allow this book to challenge and deepen your understanding of the Jesus found in the Bible.

Jesus the Unauthorized Biography

By bringing together all of the available evidence on the life of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, this book offers a compelling biography of His time on Earth.

Jesus  the Unauthorized Biography

By bringing together all of the available evidence on the life of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, this book offers a compelling biography of His time on Earth. Looking at sources such as the gospels, inscriptions, early Church writings, the apocryphal gospels and more, readers will be able to vividly visualise Jesus' life and his First-Century Jewish cultural context. If you've ever wondered about the impact of Jesus' social class on his ministry; the influence on His disciples of contemporary resistance movements; or the prominent role of women in the disciple community, then allow this book to challenge and deepen your understanding of the Jesus described in the Bible.

Christ The First Two Thousand Years

How has Christ been seen for the last two millennia? From the Christ of the Gospels to the Isa of Islam, this book explores the way Jesus Christ has been viewed, described, promoted, opposed and written about.

Christ  The First Two Thousand Years

How has Christ been seen for the last two millennia? From the Christ of the Gospels to the Isa of Islam, this book explores the way Jesus Christ has been viewed, described, promoted, opposed and written about. What did the word 'Christ' mean in the first century, and how did it resonate with the politics and religion of the time? And beyond that, how was Jesus seen in the New Testament, and then onto the time of the Desert Fathers? What of the heretical Christs - and who decided, and why? And from the 2nd century onwards, people started to draw and to paint images of Christ - how did this change and develop? The book then traces the history of Christ through the militant leader of the Crusaders, via the multi-faceted Christ of the Middle Ages, and the opposing views of Him thrown up by the Reformation and the wars that followed. Finally, the authors consider the Christ of the technological age and the age of total war, before looking also at the Christ of Liberation Theology, Marxism, the Developing world, the Dalits, other faiths, and the Post-modern Christ of the 21st century.

Daughters of Eve

They are a sisterhood of faith. As such, they challenge many of our assumptions about the role of women in the development of the biblical story; about the impact of faith on lives lived in the 'heat and dust' of the real world.

Daughters of Eve

Women play an immensely important role in the Bible: from Eve to the Virgin Mary, Sarah to Mary Magdalene, Naomi to the anonymous woman suffering severe menstrual bleeding who was healed by Jesus. They are a sisterhood of faith. As such, they challenge many of our assumptions about the role of women in the development of the biblical story; about the impact of faith on lives lived in the 'heat and dust' of the real world. Here we will meet the prostitute who ended up in the genealogy of Jesus, a national resistance fighter, a determined victim of male sexual behaviour who challenged patriarchal power, a far from meek and mild mother of Jesus, a woman whose life has been so misrepresented that she is now the subject of the most bizarre conspiracy theories, and more. Renowned historians and Biblical scholars, Martyn and Esther Whittock, take the reader on a fascinating journey, one unafraid to ask difficult questions, such as, 'Was Eve set up to fall?'

God

Does God really exist?

God

Does God really exist? Or is He just a grandiose delusion passed down through the millennia to help us deal with our nagging need to find a purpose for our existence? The author grew up in a believing household, never questioning the existence of God, but as he grew older and more interested in his faith, he developed a driving need to know whether or not his faith was justified. A totally blind faith, one that couldn't be supported with any hard evidence, just wouldn't do. If God was real, then He must have left a trail of evidence for a rational thinker to follow. But if there wasn't any trail to follow, then all faith would be blind, and any faith would do as it would become little more than a set of guidelines to follow in an attempt to lead a spiritual and moral life. The author began his exploratory journey with a set of questions that needed to be answered. Do any of the world's religious scriptures reveal information that has parallels in scientific discovery? Do any of the world's religious scriptures offer specific prophesies that have unfolded in recorded history? And lastly, did any of the world's religious scriptures provide a blueprint for living that could drastically change one's life from the inside out? As he sought answers to these questions, he discovered an overwhelming amount of supporting evidence, but it came with a catch: it all pointed in one decisive direction. KELLY RYAN HARRIGER lives in Pennsylvania. He spent most of his working career in Los Angeles, California, as a professional writer in the world of advertising, marketing and entertainment before returning to his boyhood home in Pennsylvania, where he now works as a marketing and advertising consultant for small businesses and non-profit groups.

When God was King

This book is a fascinating study of the ideas and actions of these political radicals and the kind of societies and life experiences that produced them.

When God was King

Islam is not the only religion that has sought political power, or believed that it should be possible to create a theocracy. In the seventeenth century, Christians in the British Isles and North America attempted to follow the examples of sixteenth-century European radicals, while attempting to learn from their mistakes. This occured first in Scotland, and then during the upheavals of the Civil Wars, culminating in Oliver Cromwell attempting to impose just such a rule “of the saints” across the whole country. On the other side of the Atlantic the Mayflower “Pilgrims” and other “godly” colonists sought to establish a New Jerusalem in the New World. At the same time, millenarian groups planned a religious, political, and social revolution to usher in the return of Christ; while others argued for something akin to modern democracy and some a form of rural communism. And even after the Restoration of the monarchy in 1660, millenarian groups continued to plot an overturning of the world order. Among groups, such as the Quakers, their faith continued to have a radical impact on their politics and their seventeenth-century legacy influenced the later development of Dissent and Nonconformity in the United Kingdom and in North America. Nor is Christian political radicalism dead today – it has influenced politicians ever since, and can be seen in recent political developments in the USA in the twenty-first century. This book is a fascinating study of the ideas and actions of these political radicals and the kind of societies and life experiences that produced them.

The Story of the Cross

In this book, Esther and Martyn Whittock explore (with the aid of striking visual images) how the cross has been explained, interpreted, used, and at times abused, over two thousand years.

The Story of the Cross

Over the past 2000 years the portrayal of the cross has changed and developed. How have these changes reflected belief and culture around the world? Through images produced by Christians and non-Christians, the authors will explore changing ideas about the cross, and the way in which different cultures have responded to the cross.

The Talents

Extensivefootnotes and an index add to its value for any serious reader of the New Testament.This small volume, Part One of a larger work in progress, is certain to stimulate discussion and provide the basis for many pastoral messages.

The Talents

The Parable of the Talents is one of Jesus' best-known teachings: an admonishment to apply and increase our abilities--whatever they are--in the service of God. Undeniably, 'The Talents' has been influential in shaping Christian attitudes toward money, individuality and personal achievement. Yet how well does any of us truly understand this oft-quoted and apparently straightforward lesson? And what does this lesson tell us of the teacher, Jesus? In this fresh new look at the Parable of the Talents, Doris E. Miller traces its Biblical origins, discusses the history of its interpretation, and offers significant new insight into how Jesus may have spent the silent years between his childhood and the beginning of his ministry. Written in a clear narrative voice, the author provides a wealth of scholarship, factual information and literary detective work along with thoughtful reflections on Jesus' life and teachings. Extensive footnotes and an index add to its value for any serious reader of the New Testament. This small volume, Part One of a larger work in progress, is certain to stimulate discussion and provide the basis for many pastoral messages.

Swaggart

A major theme of the book is how the religious ecstasy of Pentecostalism - the rousing music, the speaking in tongues, the reception of the Spirit - combined with its severe sexual repression leads to the kind of furtive acting out that ...

Swaggart

By 1987 Swaggart was one of the most popular video preachers in the world, with a weekly television audience of 2.1 million in the US and a worldwide audience of millions more in 143 countries. But then, in a cheerless motel west of New Orleans, Jimmy's life and ministry took a calamitous turn. This the tale of the rise of two intimately linked colossi of the American century: Pentecostalism, the fastest growing religious movement in the world, and its "evil twin", Rock 'n' Roll. A major theme of the book is how the religious ecstasy of Pentecostalism - the rousing music, the speaking in tongues, the reception of the Spirit - combined with its severe sexual repression leads to the kind of furtive acting out that brought down not only Jimmy Swaggart but also other evangelists. It is the story, too, of the rapid rise of the Religious Right, with its competing personalities and ideologies. In the end, the author sees Jimmy as a victim - like many others - of a primitive faith colliding with the forces of the late 20th century fame.

Reclaiming Jesus

Cupitt, Don, The Debate about Christ, SCM Press, 1979 Cupitt, Don, Taking Leave of God,SCM Press, 1980 Cupitt, Don, ... Touchstone, 2002 Fortey, Richard, Life: An Unauthorized Biography, HarperCollins, 1997 Freeman, Charles, ...

Reclaiming Jesus

The figure of Jesus many people have today is perfectly unreal half man half god unsmiling apparently in love with death. Can we do better than this sad caricature? Reclaiming Jesus digs through the evidence and comes up with a few surprises and reveals a Jesus most of us haven't met before. We notice his mischievous style with people and his love of the comic and the contradictory. We see him as a youth in the desert struggling to contain his tumult of ideas. We wonder about an unspoken grief in early years. Later in the book discover how he turns traditional ideas inside out seeing human nature within a wholly new reality. We examine what others made of him and trace the story forward to where we are today. Finally we wonder what this extraordinary teaching about a source of strength within us can tell us as our species faces up to the daunting challenges of our own time.

The Faith of Jesus Christ

Stories of God : An Unauthorized Biography . Chicago : Thomas More , 1978 . Spencer , Richard A. , ed . Orientation by Disorientation : Studies in Literary Criticism and Biblical Literary Criticism Presented in Honor of William A.

The Faith of Jesus Christ

In this important study Hays argues against the mainstream that any attempt to account for the nature and method of Paul's theological language must first reckon with the centrality of narrative elements in his thought. Through an in-depth investigation of Galatians 3:1-4:11, Hays shows that the framework of Paul's thought is neither a system of doctrines nor his personal religious experience but the "sacred story" of Jesus Christ.

The Vikings

What difference did it make to the Vikings, and to those around them, and what is their legacy today? This book takes a "global" look at this key period in Viking history, exploring all the major areas of Viking settlement.

The Vikings

The popular image of the Vikings is of tall red-headed men, raping and pillaging their way around the coast of Europe, stopping only to ransack monasteries and burn longships. But the violent Vikings of the 8th century became the pious Christians of the 11th century, who gave gold crosses to Christian churches and in whose areas of rule pagan idols were destroyed and churches were built. So how did this radical transformation happen, and why? What difference did it make to the Vikings, and to those around them, and what is their legacy today? This book takes a "global" look at this key period in Viking history, exploring all the major areas of Viking settlement. Written to be an accessible and engaging overview for the general reader.

Apocalyptic Politics

Jesus: e Unauthorized Biography. Oxford: Lion Hudson, . ———. e Story of the Cross. Oxford: Lion Hudson, . Whittock, Martyn, and Hannah Whittock. Norse Myths and Legends. London: Robinson, . ———. Church Times, October , “Vikings: When ...

Apocalyptic Politics

Apocalyptic (end times) beliefs are found across different religious cultures and time periods, especially those influenced by the Abrahamic faiths. These apocalyptic beliefs are often associated with radicalized politics and what we would today often describe as “populist” movements and leaders. What are the roots of such beliefs? How have they developed over time? In what ways do they impact the modern world? In a series of case studies—ranging over different faiths, time periods, and global locations—this book explores how and why these beliefs have become so often the driver of radicalized politics.

He Said It I Didn t

And in what seems like an eternal twilight, our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ appears. He heads toward Oprah, ... goes right out to you, Jesus. After all that I have read in that unauthorized biography called the Bible, I have to ask.

He Said It  I Didn   t

Of all the things people do with the Bible such as spreading good will, evangelizing, or tripping little boys, what's the one thing they never do? Read the whole thing. That's what Martin Kennedy did. He discovered that all of the lessons and parables within this respected piece of literature was surrounded by at best confusing stories and at worst horrible tales of human flaws. That compelled him to write He said it, I didn't. When read with no preconceived notions of infallibility, the Bible is a stirring example of the depths that the human race will go to when it believes their actions are backed up by an almighty force. And when their God can beat your God, someone's not going to have a good day. As a "non-believer," Martin was able to detach himself emotionally from what would have been a sad and sobering examination of Christianity. Instead, he pulled from his comedic roots and delivered a "book report" filled with humor, irreverence, and insight. You may not ever want to see his face, but you’ll never look at the Bible the same either.

The Talents

An Unauthorized Biography of the Famous Parable Doris Miller. Jesus' ministry also have a connection with the subject. Consider, first, the incident of the wedding at Cana. On the third day there was a marriage at Cana in Galilee, ...

The Talents

The Parable of the Talents is one of Jesus' best-known teachings: an admonishment to apply and increase our abilities--whatever they are--in the service of God. Undeniably, 'The Talents' has been influential in shaping Christian attitudes toward money, individuality and personal achievement. Yet how well does any of us truly understand this oft-quoted and apparently straightforward lesson? And what does this lesson tell us of the teacher, Jesus? In this fresh new look at the Parable of the Talents, Doris E. Miller traces its Biblical origins, discusses the history of its interpretation, and offers significant new insight into how Jesus may have spent the silent years between his childhood and the beginning of his ministry. Written in a clear narrative voice, the author provides a wealth of scholarship, factual information and literary detective work along with thoughtful reflections on Jesus' life and teachings. Extensive footnotes and an index add to its value for any serious reader of the New Testament. This small volume, Part One of a larger work in progress, is certain to stimulate discussion and provide the basis for many pastoral messages.

Mary

The official biography of Mary, the mother of Jesus, was a matter of violent argument within the early Christian movement, culminating with the Council of Ephesus in 431, which established the idea of the immaculate conception and Mary's ...

Mary

The official' biography of Mary, the mother of Jesus, was a matter of violent argument within the early Christian movement, culminating with the Council of Ephesus in 431, which established the idea of the immaculate conception and Mary's lifelong virginity. In the centuries that followed, she has become a symbol of the beautiful virgin bride, grieving mother, heavenly queen, compassionate intercessor, leader of armies, mistress of the world. The real Mary was none of these things. Her biography is an elaborate myth invented by the early Church to further the interests of its male hierarchy and disguise the pagan origins of the mother of Jesus.

Dan Brown s Road to Success

Examines Brown's early years, his journey to the top of the New York Times Bestseller List, and his life as a novelist.

Dan Brown s Road to Success

Examines Brown's early years, his journey to the top of the New York Times Bestseller List, and his life as a novelist.

The Many Presences of Christ

Raymond Brown , The Virginal Conception and Bodily Resurrection of Jesus ( New York : Paulist Press , 1973 ) , 89-92 , 111-12 . 12. John Shea , Stories of God : An Unauthorized Biography ( Chicago : The Thomas More Press , 1978 ) , 8 .

The Many Presences of Christ

Essays discussing the meaning of Christ's presence.

John L Lewis

An Unauthorized Biography Saul Alinsky. denied Christ, but in his desperation to have the public know that Christ did not exist, he rushed to the home of a harlot, and standing in the midst of that den of iniquity, he denied the ...

John L  Lewis

Dramatically, from personal acquaintance and Lewis’s own files, Saul Alinsky writes here the inside story of one of the most powerful men in America. Its revelations of why Lewis broke with Roosevelt, of why he fought with the AF of L to form the CIO, of the birth of the sit-down strikes, of the motives behind the war strikes, of how Lewis has so often managed to stalemate the U.S. Government—these are front-page news. They are brought out with sharp insight by one of the most brilliant observers of the labor movement in this country. John L. Lewis is not only reporting of an extremely high order but one of the most stimulating biographies that have been published in many years. There is no one of us who can remain unaffected by the acts of the mine workers’ president.

From Misery to Hope

In short , the cross and resurrection of Jesus reveal the wretched sinfulness of the human condition and the ultimate ... 58 59 See Lane , Christ at the Centre , 64-65 ; also John Shea , Stories of God : An Unauthorized Biography ...

From Misery to Hope

How can one believe in a God of love amid all the evil and suffering found in the world? How does one do theology 'after Auschwitz', while vast numbers of people still have to endure violent oppression every day? This book seeks to address such questions from a standpoint informed by life in Africa, which in the face of extraordinary difficulties bears witness to Gospel hope by demonstrating forgiveness in action and promoting reconciliation. The work unfolds in two parts. In the first part, a description of the misery that characterises much of life in Africa in the recent past opens up to a theological consideration of the underlying causes and of God's response to them. In the second part, the joy which is so characteristic of life in Africa even in places of immense suffering sets the scene for detailed reflections on liturgy, memory, forgiveness and hope.