There can be no doubt that around two thousand years ago, a charismatic Jewish figure named Jesus was judicially murdered, but the actual details of that event continue to be hotly debated to this day. Sifting through the myths, fabrications, and misunderstandings surrounding the Passion of the Christ, distinguished Jesus scholar Geza Vermes offers an intelligent and fascinating examination of the events of this extraordinary story. Getting as close as possible to the truth behind those few fateful days in Jerusalem, The Passion is vital reading for anyone wanting to know the truth.
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Geza Vermes, the world-renowned authority on Jesus Christ and scholar of Christianity and the Dead Sea Scrolls,provides a uniquely insightful and compelling credible case for the so-called Gospels not representing the gospel truth in the events leading to the execution of Jesus Christ. Drawing comparisons and contrasts between the Gospel account of the events and strict Jewish-biblical and Talmudic law, Mr. Vermes convincingly demonstrates that the evangelists who wrote the Gospel account of the death of Jesus were highly influenced by their own religious and political interests in currying favor with the Romans whom they viewed as a vast pool of prospective converts to Christianity. They knew that they could not convert pagan Romans and then turn around and proceed to instruct them that their new Lord and savior was crucified on a Roman cross, the most humiliating of Roman methods of execution. Thus, it was in their own best interests to pin the blame on the Jews and write their...
This gets close and shows that Christianity may have many things wrong in doctrines and the name of the Messiah. A better source for the truth behind the requirements for a Jewish Messiah check out www.netzarim.co.il . Many people get close but fall short due to repercussion from the 'learned scholar' when it is very probable that the 'learned scholar' could be wrong and afraid to correct the history.
This book is a mere 122 pages but it does a good job of covering all the major historical issues surrounding Jesus' passion. However, at times, I wish it went into more detail as Vermes' conclusions are not always persuasive.
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