Jesus Christ by J. R. Porter
The Jesus of History, the Christ of Faith

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Illuminating the life of Jesus--his historical context, his religious teachings, and the changing perceptions of him over the centuries--this lavishly illustrated volume offers one of the most comprehensive and authoritative accounts available of this great and charismatic man.
Featuring some 180 illustrations (including 20 full-color maps) and numerous boxed and sidebar features that shed light on interesting facets of the story, Jesus Christ paints a vivid portrait of Christ's life from the Nativity to the Ascension. Drawing on the Gospels and other evidence, J. R. Porter disentangles many of the mysteries and confusions surrounding the life of the historical Jesus--such as the role of women in his career and the political issues surrounding his trial--and paints a detailed background portrait of all aspects of society in first-century Palestine, from the fishing communities of Lake Galilee to life under Roman rule. Porter also explores the teachings of Christ, looking at his use of parable, his view of Hebrew Scriptures and his attitude toward the law, and his thinking about the Kingdom of God. And the book assesses the many interpretations of Christ down through the ages, from his immediate impact on the early Church, to the changing image of Jesus in art and illustration, to his perceived role as apocalyptic preacher, revolutionary, mystic, and prophet.
A marvelous gift at Easter time or for a child's confirmation, this attractive, informative volume gives us an inspiring portrait of one of the most complex figures in world history.

About J. R. Porter

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J. R. Porter is professor emeritus of theology at the University of Exeter and a former fellow of Oriel College, University of Oxford. His many publications include "The Illustrated Guide to the Bible, Moses and Monarchy," and Proclamation and Presence. He has also contributed to many works of reference, including the "Harper Bible Dictionary" and the "Oxford Companion to the Bible,
Published May 6, 1999 by Oxford University Press. 240 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Religion & Spirituality, Education & Reference. Non-fiction

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Porter, Professor Emeritus of Theology at Exeter University, uses a combination of art, photography, visually interesting page layout and well-written narrative to tell the life of Jesus of Nazareth.

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These include short discussions of how Jesus saw his own ministry, the various ways in which the early Christians interpreted Jesus' life and teachings and some valuable discussions of such matters as ""Jesus and Feminism"" and ""Jesus and Islam."" The last section of the book, ""Jesus in Art,"" ...

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