A review of the book the shadow of the galilean by gerd theissen

The prison scene, kidnapping story, and blackmailing threats, left me craving for more, wondering how Andreas would get out of his present situation. The photo above was retrieved via Parable Book Stores.

Through intimidation Andreas becomes a spy for the Romans and sets out on a quest to learn about the Essenes and Jesus the Galilean. Through Andreas, we explore many others peoples and customs of the day — toll collectors, fishermen, beggars, slaves, and more.

Instead, Andreas first depicts Jesus as an itinerant philosopher who agrees with many of the Greek traditions of loving God and others, similar to Seneca, Socrates, Diogenes, and others The only issue is the unrealistic dialogue that never fully allows the reader to enter into and partake of the 1st century world that Theissen illustrates through words.

Reluctantly, he chooses the latter, but fearing he would betray his fellow Jews, Andreas chooses to give irrelevant information to the Romans, passing the information on as relevant At moments, it feels as though he copied facts from a textbook into a narrative dialogue and considered it good.

By doing this Jesus is unintentionally the one who is crucified instead of Barabbus. Apparently, Levi had left his position to join Jesus, and through the new toll collector, Andreas learns that many beggars near the toll road have found hope through Jesus I read it for a class and found it interesting but also rather uninspiring.

Kratzinger as an enemy, never listening to the other point-of-view.

Shadow of the Galilean

The first scene describes a dialogue between himself and a Roman officer where he is blackmailed and given an ultimatum.

The quest rose in the 18th century with scholars who sought to obtain a more accurate picture of Jesus than what we have in the Gospels.

Once the crucifixion takes place Andreas discusses the events with Metilius and they both decide to follow Jesus. Others followed this endeavor with a new look at doctrinal questions in light o Shawn Fascinating work of historical fiction about JesusA lot can be learned about the life and times of Jesus of Nazareth from this interesting work of historical fiction.

The main character is a fictitious man named Andreas who lived at the beginning of the first century in Palestine. The letters are very one-sided painting Dr.

The narrative style allows the reader to partake in a story for absorbing information rather than listing off theological and historical facts.

The historical information is interesting on its own without turning it into a novel. Theissen makes a special point to refute stereotypes of the Pharisees as strict legalists. The biggest surprise for me was that there were Greek cities in Palestine at that point.

A Review of “The Shadow of the Galilean”

To view it, click here. Andreas is sent on a mission, through blackmail, to find more information about the other religions and to find the truth about Jesus.

They give Andreas a distorted view of Jesus as one who tore apart their family and took their son away Theissen engaged readers in learning Biblical history without sounding like a history book.

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The correspondence with Dr. I just found traces of him everywhere: Readers of the book only get a sense that he was a man, when Theissen uses Andreas to describe Jesus as a philosopher, poet, and prophet. Another problem with this type of narrative historical study is the tendency to oversimplify very complex, historical questions and issues that have been constantly interrogated through the centuries.

Camillia Leishman For the reader who loves to immerse themselves in a culture to better understand it, this historical-fiction narrative is thought-provoking with moments of inspiration. Zealots kidnap Andreas and his slaves allowing him to learn more about the Roman resistance communities.

Andreas hides the Jesus who would judge the world—even the Romans. On the contrary, it is a fantastically written and does well in presenting the historical context.

Toward the beginning of the book Andreas gets caught up in a demonstration against the oppressive Roman government, which results in his imprisonment. Nina Da ich nur eineinhalb Kapitel geschafft habe, kann ich eigentlich kein Review schreiben, aber ich habe bei Amazon ein Review gefunden, das das was ich beim Lesen empfunden habe, ganz gut wiedergibt: This type of narrative gives insight to various religious sects like the Esseenes and Saducees noting the nuances of their relationship with empirical Rome and key religious themes like Sabbath, conversion, and healing.

Much can be gathered from historical data although each of these groups is rarely discussed at length in scripture.Sep 17,  · In The Shadow of the Galilean, Gerd Theissen tells a fictional story through a historical lens of 1st century culture in Palestine.

The book is focused on examining how Jesus’ message was understood in his greater context. Similar to The Lost Letters of Pergamum by Bruce W. Longenecker, Theissen avoids the typical textbook feeling of. 'Gerd Theissen has for a long time been recognized as one of the most creative and substantive writers on New Testament themes,'Review & Expositor.

pages, softcover. Fortress. The Shadow of the Galilean: The Quest of the Historical Jesus in Narrative Form () by Gerd Theissen.

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The Shadow of the Galilean is a book that has one /5(53). Monica C. Sangco Due: 4/21/ CSTB – Book Review: The Shadow of the Galilean by Gerd Theissen The book The Shadow of the Galilean by Gerd Theissen is a historical fiction, creating a fictitious account of the life of Jesus through a narrative of a third person.

In The Shadow of the Galilean, Gerd Theissen tells a fictional story through a historical lens of 1 st century culture in Palestine.

The book is focused on examining how Jesus’ message was understood in his greater context. Similar to The Lost Letters of Pergamum by Bruce W. Longenecker, Theissen avoids the typical textbook feeling of history by presenting all of the historical facts and.

Mar 19,  · Book Review - "Shadow of the Galilean" “The Shadow of the Galilean” is a fictitious novel written by Gerd Theissen. It attempts to illustrate the story of Jesus from a historical perspective.

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