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Reading Jesus: A Writer's Encounter with the Gospels
 
 
Author
Mary Gordon.
Publisher Pantheon  
Format hardcover
Product Dimensions 8.5 x 5.75 x 0.9 inches
ISBN 9780375424571
Pages/Publication Date 205/2009
Daedalus Item Code 21751
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In the introduction to this remarkable book, Mary Gordon is riding in a taxi as the driver listens to a religious broadcast, and she reflects that, though a lifelong Christian, she is at odds with many others who identify themselves as Christians. In an effort to understand whether or not she had "invented a Jesus to fulfill my own wishes," she sets out to read the Gospels as literature and to study Jesus as a character, resulting in candid and personal rediscovery. In stories of the Prodigal Son, the Temptation in the Desert, the parable of Lazarus, and the Agony in the Garden, she ponders the intense strangeness of a deity in human form, and uncovers overlapping, sometimes conflicting teachings that feel both familiar and tantalizingly elusive.

"A fresh and humane take on the Gospels. Gordon's approach is aware of, but not burdened by, doctrine. Her many insightful questions give expression to thoughts which have, for many readers and for many years, been waiting to be asked aloud."óMark Jarman

 
 
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