Tracing Jesus' life back to its primary sources, this best-selling portrait looks at the shadow, or effect, he had on all those around him. "Gerd Theissen has for a long time been recognized as one of the most creative and substantive writers on New Testament themes,"---Review & Expositor. 232 pages, softcover. Fortress.
First published in 1987 by Fortress Press, this 20th anniversary edition of this classic bestseller includes a new Afterword from the author. Here, in narrative form, is an account of the activity of Jesus of Nazareth, scrupulously constructed so that it does not undercut the insights of New Testament scholarship. What makes it different from other such attempts is that Jesus never actually appears. What we find everywhere is his shadow, his effect. Such an approach avoids the usual pitfalls of the genre and lends this story attributed to a fictitious narrator an attraction, freshness, and power all its own. Tension and interest are maintained to the end, even for those sated with books about Jesus. Careful documentation in the footnotes shows how much of the narrative is based on ancient sources.