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The Good Man Jesus and the Scoundrel Christ (Myths) by [Philip Pullman]
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The Good Man Jesus and the Scoundrel Christ (Myths) Kindle Edition

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Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

This gospel retelling is relatively faithful in style, time line, and events to the four canonical gospels-though Pullman injects a very Pullman-like spin on it by splitting Jesus Christ into two men, among other creative twists. Twin babies are born of the virgin Mary, one called Jesus, the other Christ. After a childhood in which Christ is a goody-goody and Jesus the popular one, Jesus and Christ continue down separate but intertwined paths, with Christ sneaking around, spying on Jesus's ministry and writing down his every word and deed. Jesus becomes a philosopher-revolutionary and Christ is the politically savvy brother, who ultimately proves naïve. Pullman's gospel version reveals how the politics and structure of the institutional church were plotted by power-hungry men, who used the renown of Jesus and his well-meaning, devoted brother Christ as pawns in their corrupt game-a critique that will be familiar to readers of His Dark Materials. This is a tale of (almost comedic) mistaken identity and good intentions gone horribly awry. Readers will find the parables, the Good Samaritan, healings, and the Sermon on the Mount, among other familiar scenes.
Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved. --This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.

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"'A fierce and beautiful book which... will move even those who disagree with it... Though he wears his scholarship lightly as befits a master storyteller, there is no doubt in my mind that Pullman has a complete grasp of the intricacies of the quest for the historical Jesus.' Observer" --This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.

Product details

  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B003IGR19Q
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Canongate U.S.; 1st edition (April 21, 2010)
  • Publication date ‏ : ‎ April 21, 2010
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • File size ‏ : ‎ 478 KB
  • Text-to-Speech ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Screen Reader ‏ : ‎ Supported
  • Enhanced typesetting ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • X-Ray ‏ : ‎ Not Enabled
  • Word Wise ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Print length ‏ : ‎ 257 pages
  • Lending ‏ : ‎ Enabled
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5.0 out of 5 stars The end of the book where the author gives his reasoning is a must read.
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