Jack Miles's book is a provocative and revisionary look at the life of Jesus, in which many of the most well-worn truths about Christ are recontextualized and revisited. It does not look for the historical Jesus, but takes the Gospels as the sole source about his life. The "crisis" to which the title refers is the continued subjugation of the Jews after 500 years. God has not come to save them in a conventional way, but instead causes his son to appear as a Jew, inflicting upon himself in advance the fate that was destined for the Jews. By rising from the dead, he sidesteps this fate, and offers the promise of cosmic victory. This complex book will cause you to see Christ's life and passion anew.
©2001 Jack Miles; (P)2001 Books on Tape, Inc.