The story of Jesus is frequently limited to the telling of the babe of Bethlehem who would die on the cross and three days later triumphantly exit his tomb in resurrected glory. Frequently skimmed over or left aside is the story of the Jesus of Nazareth who confronted systemic injustice, angered those in power, risked his life for the oppressed and suffering, and worked to preach and establish the kingdom of God - all of which would lead to his execution on Calvary.
In this insightful and moving volume, authors James and Judith McConkie turn to the latest scholarship on the historical and cultural background of Jesus to discover lessons on what we can learn from his exemplary life. Whether it be his intimate interactions with the sick, the poor, women, and the outcast, or his public confrontations with oppressive religious, political, and economic institutions, Jesus of Nazareth - the son of a carpenter, messiah, and son of God - exemplified the way, the truth, and the life we must follow to bring about the kingdom of heaven.
Whom Say Ye That I Am?に寄せられたリスナーの声
- Karl G
A Compelling Synthesis of Modern Scholarship
James and Judith McConkie have put together a beautiful synthesis and a good introduction to modern scholarship on the life and teachings of Jesus during his mortal life.
They draw from insights from a variety of the most respected scholars on the life of Jesus.
And in the process they offer a portrait of Jesus that gives fresh perspective, worthy of study in its own right.
They appear to be people of genuine faith, but have not been afraid to tackle some of the tough historical issues.
And perhaps most impressively, they have gone beyond the conventional understanding of the meaning of Jesus gospel, and delved deeply into our best sources, the four gospels, and uncovered a truly challenging yet liberating, revolutionary gospel.
It is a gospel thst is sorely needed in our own day, as well as 1st century Palestine: a time when religious leaders emphasize superficial piety rather than transformation through God's love; a time when religious institutions have become the archdefenders of the interests of the wealthy and of empire; a time when corruption goes unchecked, the rich get richer, and when so many of "the least of these my brethren" have been left to fend for themselves, hungry, naked, homeless, sick (with treatable illnesses), falsely imprisoned, denied refuge, despite the fact that human civilization is the wealthiest it has ever been in history.
This book is written with an LDS audience in mind, but there are only a few references to the LDS tradition, and its remarkably well-researched and written, making it a worthy contribution to the conversation in wider Christian and religious studies circles.