What Jesus Meant - eBook  -     By: Garry Wills
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Penguin Books / 2006 / ePub

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As the religious rhetoric of the culture wars escalates, New York Times bestselling author and eminent scholar Garry Wills steps away from the fracas to explore the meaning of Jesus' teachings. In these public debates, people on the political right and the political left cite Jesus as endorsing their views. Garry Wills argues that Jesus subscribed to no political program. He was far more radical than that. In a fresh reading of the gospels, Wills explores the meaning of the "reign of heaven" Jesus not only promised for the future but brought with him into this life. It is only by dodges and evasions, Wills reminds us, that people blunt what Jesus plainly had to say against power, the wealthy, and religion itself. Jesus came from the lower class, the working class, and he spoke to and for that class. This is a book that will challenge the assumptions of almost everyone who brings religion into politics---"Christian socialists" as well as biblical theocrats.

But Wills is just as critical of those who would make Jesus a mere ethical teacher, ignoring or playing down his divinity. Jesus without the Resurrection is simply not the Jesus of the gospels. Wills calls his book a profession of faith in the risen Lord, the Son of the Father, who leads us to the Father. He argues that this does not make people embrace an otherworldliness that ignores the poor or the problems of our time.

What Jesus Meant will no doubt spark debate about our understanding of Jesus and the Scriptures. With this offering, Wills has contributed greatly to our discussion of religion's role in our society.

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Format: DRM Protected ePub
Vendor: Penguin Books
Publication Date: 2006
ISBN: 9781101201367
ISBN-13: 9781101201367

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    This review was written for What Jesus Meant.
    This work is what I would call a good devotional gloss on the gospels. It is not a scholarly exegesis (it does not pretend to be), nor does it cover any of its subjects in sufficient detail. Those who are accustomed to studying from the KJV will also find the NEB language disconcerting. I probably have more points of disagreement than agreement with the author. That said, I highly recommend a careful reading, if only for one reason: the book is an effective remedy against loss of meaning which over-familiarity with gospel texts can engender, even among serious students of the Bible. As a bonus, the author includes an anonymously-penned, outrageously funny riff on biblical literalism (ps. 33-35 of the 2006 hardbound edition), which itself, alone, is worth the price of the book.
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    Brad
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    A very good read. This book really gets to the heart of Jesus' message in an extremely effective manner.
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