Jesus: A Historical Portrait

published by Franciscan Media | Trade Paperback | 136 pages
$ 15.99
Questions about the life and times of Jesus Christ, one of the most written-about people of all time, continue to intrigue us two millennia after his death. Between the vagueness of the canonical Gospels and the sensational claims made in modern films and books, what is a Christian to believe about the only Son of God? Employing a popular take on current New Testament scholarship, Jesuit scholar Father Daniel Harrington explores difficult as well as less complicated issues surrounding the life of Christ. By helping us to place Jesus in a historically accurate context, Father Harrington helps us to better understand the real Jesus, and ultimately, our salvation.Stock #: B16833

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Customer Reviews

Based on 2 reviews
James O’Hara
responding to insistence

Franciscan Media has asked me twice or more to review Jesus: A Historical Portrait. Unfortunately my recollection of this read is not strong. James Martin, S.J., mentions Father Harrington very favorably as a formative influence, which is why I searched for a book by Father Harrington. I was pleased that the book was not ponderous. It seemed to be in step with other current writings on the historical Jesus, but covered all the bases better. Unfortunately my recall is not that good; I am 74 and have short-term memory issues. I shelved this book with a view to keeping it as a reference work. I didn’t like the statue on the cover. The subject looks like an artist used to refinement, rather than a peasant woodworker turned itinerant preacher and healer. Although some think Jesus was middle class, Joseph and Jesus being skilled craftsmen at the time of Herod Antipas, who had construction projects in Sepphoris and Tiberias. I’m not a historian or scripture scholar, so I apologize if that citation is uninformed.

Dr Joseph Gower
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This book remains a valuable introduction to the historical context and the public ministry of Jesus. It is well received by students as a first entrance to engaging the Gospels' portrait of Jesus.

DANIEL J. HARRINGTON, S.J., is a professor of New Testament at Weston Jesuit School of Theology in Cambridge, Massachusetts. He is the author of dozens of books, most recently Jesus Ben Sira of Jerusalem: A Biblical Guide to Living Wisely (Liturgical Press) and How Do Catholics Read the Bible? (Sheed and Ward).

Product Type:  Book

Item Number:  #B16833

ISBN:  9780867168334

Publication Date:  8/8/2007

BISAC:  RELIGION/Christianity/Catholic

Imprint:  Franciscan Media

Trim Size:  139.7 mm X 215.9 mm X 5.715 mm
(Approx. 5.5 in X 8.5 in X 0.2 in X )

Pages:  136

List Price:  $ 15.99