'Vermes argues his case with skill and clarity. Many will find the Jesus depicted in his pages a compelling figure: original, outspoken, compassionate'
Who was the real Jesus? What was the original message of the charismatic Jewish healer and moralist who changed the world? Renowned Biblical scholar Geza Vermes distils a lifetime’s knowledge to examine every saying attributed to Jesus, scraping aside millennia of Christian tradition and writing to return to the true teachings of the man behind the Messiah.
‘Inspired … radical … the greatest Jesus scholar of his generation’
‘One of the most commonsensical, wise books on the Bible ever published’
‘Jesus – as Geza Vermes has so brilliantly demonstrated in earlier works – was not a Christian in the sense familiar from centuries of established Christianity. He was an Aramaic speaking and fiery Galilean Jew … With all the weight of a lifetime of scholarship, Vermes places the recorded words in their Jewish, first-century context … truly fascinating’
‘Wonderfully accessible … open-minded … This book will demand that Christians rethink their faith’
A. N. Wilson
‘A pleasure to read from cover to cover’
‘Perhaps no one alive since the first century AD can claim to know more about Jesus Christ the man than Geza Vermes’
Wonderfully accessible and open-minded... This book will demand that Christians rethink their faith. (The Sunday Times, London)
With all the weight of a lifetime of scholarship, Vermes places the recorded words in their Jewish, first-century context. (Independent on Sunday)