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The Gospel of Jesus of Nazareth
The true challenge presented to us by Jesus of Nazareth is neither his supposed divinity nor his miraculous works, but rather this: how are we to make sense of what must be seen as a keystone of his teachings - that he was to give his life on behalf of many, and that his followers must partake of his blood and flesh - within the context of Judaism, which had never ceased to condemn human sacrifice and to forbid the eating of blood?
Striving to decode the intentions of the man whose death on a Roman cross changed the course of history, The Gospel of Jesus of Nazareth advances that Jesus, far from seeking to found a new religion or even to improve on the old, was striving to free his fellow Jews from religious bondage altogether.
As the author observes, By portraying his death as a sacrifice willed by YHWH, and in teaching his disciples to symbolically drink his blood and eat his flesh, Jesus unequivocally set the stage for a profound spiritual crisis to arise in the lives of his Jewish followers. In my view, he was not seeking to establish a new religious covenant, but rather to provoke the utter abrogation of the everlasting covenant that bound the Chosen People to their tribal God.
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Hardcover: 160 pages
Format: 5.5" x 8.5" / 216 x 140 mm (Demy 8vo)