Drawing on his detailed knowledge of the Heb rew Bible, the traditions of Judaism, the New Testament, and modern psychological profiling techniques, John Miller pres ents a remarkable portrait of Jesus at a critical time in hi s life. '
John W. Miller
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John Miller's attempt to develop a psychohistorical portrait of Jesus is a noble effort that falls short. Miller himself is neither a Psychologist nor a Psychiatrist, although he did work in a mental hospital in Chicago. His shortcomings show in his attempt to wade through psychoanalytic and neo-analytic theories to describe Jesus at age 30. Nonetheless, there are so few attempts of this nature, that his effort has to be commended and many readers will find it interesting if not completely convincing.
My main criticism of Miller's work is that he accepts at face value too many Gospel texts which we know are flawed. For example, he draws much of his analysis from the Gospel passages about Jesus and his family, especially Mark 3:20. Yet true biblical scholars know that the translation in Mark is incorect, and the comments here refer to his disciples and not his family, who do not show up for 10 more verses. It's clear that Jesus' family is completely involved in his life and...
In Jesus at Thirty, John W. Miller attempts to psychoanalyze Jesus and explain His state of mind when, around the age of thirty, He began His public ministry. It is a solid, well-organized attempt to do just that. Miller looks at Jesus' relations to His earthly family (the item of interest which drew me to this book), His father and mother specifically, Satan, and by implication God. He also expounds upon the subject of Jesus' sexuality before bringing all of his observations together to offer ideas about if not a full-fledged portrait of Jesus the man on the brink of His public ministry.
While the book represents a noble effort on Miller's part, I find the whole study highly flawed. I have never cared for psychohistory and feel it is essentially wrong-headed and heavily influenced by the supposed researcher's own ideas; the very method is best described as psychobabble. Miller is particularly influenced by Freudian analysis, expressing more faith in psychoanalysis...
A friend of mine has an expression "interesting but not germane." He usually says it when I get off the point, but believe I have something essential to say. As I read JESUS AT THIRTY I have to admit my friend's expression came to mind more than once. The book is at times engaging and is well written and thoroughly researched, but I'm not sure what it adds a great deal to the study of Jesus Christ. While it doesn't detract, which is something positive in and of itself, it doesn't add much either.
John Miller's JESUS AT THIRTY is one of the many volumes that was published in the 1990's during what could possibly be called "the Historical Jesus craze." A slew of books hit the stands and the findings of some of the writings made national headlines. Magazines such as TIME and NEWSWEEK asked the questions "Did Jesus really teach the `Our Father'?" and "Was there really a resurrection?" Millions purchased and read the magazines, so it did cause quite a stir. Since that time the...
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