The Scandalous Gospel of Jesus: What's So Good About the Good News?
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"Gomes is the foremost modern American interpreter of the Bible for a wide and sometimes unchristian audience. This is his most important book yet. It is daring and subversive,"---New York Review of Books. "Gomes is an iconoclast and his book is an eloquent and folksy attack on everybody who's sure of the right answer,"---Newsweek. 264 pages, softcover. HarperOne.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 272
Vendor: HarperCollins
Publication Date: 2008
Dimensions: 9.00 X 6.00 (inches)
ISBN: 0060000740
ISBN-13: 9780060000745

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How the Church Domesticated Jesus

With his unique blend of eloquence and insight, the esteemed Harvard minister Peter J. Gomes invites us to hear anew the radical nature of Jesus' message of hope and change. Using examples from ancient times as well as from modern pop culture, The Scandalous Gospel of Jesus shows us why the good news is every bit as relevant today as when it was first preached.

Author Bio

Peter J. Gomes has been minister of Harvard University's Memorial Church since 1974, when he was appointed Pusey Minister of the church, and serves as Plummer Professor of Christian Morals. An American Baptist minister, he was named one of America's top preachers by Time magazine. He is the recipient of thirty-three honorary degrees and an Honorary Fellow of Emmanuel College, the University of Cambridge, England, where the Gomes Lectureship is established in his name.

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“An incisive original... [Gomes is] a born storyteller.”

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  1. Linda Nelson
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Thought-provoking
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    Linda Nelson
    Quality: 5
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    Written with a preacher's grace for word choice and

    a scholar's rigor for clarity. Whether or not you agree on

    perspectives or interpretations, Gomes gives us plenty

    to ponder with a helpful "long view" through history.

    Highly recommended.
  2. Miguel
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    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Very interesting read
    February 4, 2011
    Miguel
    New York, NY
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    Meets Expectations: 5
    This book is an interesting and excellent read. Though it leans more toward the intellectual, and you may need a dictionary close by, Gomes delves into traditional Christian interpretations of the bible through the minds of various early-mid 20th century scholars and compares them to the current modern-day biblical theories and doubts that current Christians possess and question. Using his personal thoughts and opinions, he connects both eras of biblical doctrine and ties them into a nice neat little bow. The gospel and Jesus are debated and analyzed. It allows the reader to contemplate their own beliefs and hopefully achieve a better understanding of the gospel and Jesus and their true meaning and intentions.
  3. Malcolm Howell
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    April 20, 2009
    Malcolm Howell
    Fantastic book. Once you begin reading, you will find it difficult to put down the book. Anyone who wishes to KNOW the real Jesus must read the encounter with the real Jesus through this author.
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