Jesus the Man and "The Sage from Galilee" Book Review by scribbler

Jesus the Man and "The Sage from Galilee"
A brief review of the book "The Sage from Galilee: Rediscovering Jesus' Genius" by David Flusser and Steven R. Notley.
# 153452 | 861 words | 0 sources | 2013 | US
Published on Jun 04, 2013 in Religion and Theology (Christianity) , Literature (General)

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The purpose of this paper is to summarize the controversial book, "The Sage from Galilee: Rediscovering Jesus' Genius", written by David Flusser and Steven R. Notley. It looks how the book, divided into twelve chapters creates a biography of Jesus based on archaeological discoveries, religious writings and interpretive works in the field. The paper also discusses the book's controversial thesis that there was nothing supernatural about Jesus and that he was merely a historic character whose life can be accounted for based on factual information that can be found in early religious writings.

From the Paper:

"Jesus' genius is also to be found in his capacity to understand himself and the surrounding world. Flusser suggests that his major contributions responded to the spiritual needs of his contemporaries. Expanding the idea of the necessity to love the other- especially in the case in case the other proves to be your enemy shocked the wide audiences and was one of the elements which fundamentally changed the development of the doctrine. The suggestion seemed impossible to realize and continues to appear as such in our contemporary world. Flusser argues that the beliefs which Jesus succeeded to impose did not come from revelation or simply out of his personal intelligence, but were heavily influenced by the already existing Jewish philosophical conceptions. This means that Jesus was not only is possession of such knowledge, but also able to interpret it in an extremely profound manner. "

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