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April 08, 2010



I read this book last night. I enjoyed it, and in my view, some of the chapters (e.g. 'Christ at the Pool of Bethesda' and 'Jesus in the Garden at Gethsemane') particularly would make for good discussions in home groups, etc. Also, I thought his presentation of Caiaphas was interesting.

I know next to nothing about Pullman (I've not read the His Dark Materials trilogy, nor seen The Golden Compass - and I'm still fuming that that film won an Oscar for best FX over Transformers!), but I discerned much anger in a lot of what was written. Strangely, I found myself nodding in agreement to a lot of it.

No doubt I'd need to re-read bits of it, but I thought the opening chapters depicting Christ's miracles didn't sit easily with the way he was depicted in the remainder of the book. I just didn't see the point. Perhaps Pullman was trying to make a point that in his younger days, Christ performed miracles, but as 'historian', he forgets the truth of his own history. I dunno... Just didn't seem to work.

And finally, reading this book was like listening to my old 'A' Level RE teacher, who herself was heavily influenced (so I discovered) by Sanders's The Historical Figure of Jesus.

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