It is often observed that no historical figure has had a greater impact on the world than Jesus Christ. Why is that? And what difference does his impact make to the world today? It is also often said that Jesus was a ‘revolutionary’, and numerous books have appeared in recent years claiming just that—from the wild and sensational to the serious and respectable. This book, written by influential authors reflecting a diversity of expertise and points of view, considers the claims that continue to be made about Jesus, whether by believers or nonbelievers.
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Jesus, a small-town Jewish teacher executed by Roman officials as a troublemaker, continues after two thousand years to vex our consciences, inspire actions of grace and mercy, and elude our categories. The diverse essays in this volume grapple thoughtfully with the perennial questions of who he was, how he has reshaped history, and why we can’t seem to stop thinking about him. No serious reader will come away from this book without being challenged and stirred to fresh reflection.
—Richard B. Hays, Professor Emeritus of New Testament, The Divinity School, Duke University
Revolutionary shows that traditional interpretations of Jesus’ significance remain credible. But no particular view is forced upon us. Another merit of this stimulating collection is the wealth of perspectives—revisionist, Islamic, secular—on view for readers to assess in an open spirit. A rich and compelling kaleidoscope.
—Rupert Shortt, Religion Editor of the Times Literary Supplement
Leading intellectuals comment on Jesus Christ as the single most important figure in Western history. . . I highly recommend it.
—Elisabeth Schussler Fiorenza, Professor of Divinity, Harvard Divinity School
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