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I didn’t believe everything in this book, but it is a good to make you think. This book will be controversial but makes a good analysis of the life of Jesus. I am a christian minister, as well as a retired physician, so I study a lot of christian history & theology. This book can shake you up some but that is good. We must not be complacent about religion because “God has more light & truth to break forth from His word”. We don’t know everything yet & must keep our minds open to new findings & new knowledge-thought. RAG
A very plausible explanation of Jesus life mysteries
Not everyone will find this book about Jesus easy to read. Author Abram Epstein takes the events recorded in the four Gospels and examines them in relation to their original Jewish context, revealing a Jesus plagued by self-doubt and self-loathing due to the illegitimacy of his birth and unwanted claims of his divinity by his disciples. His examination uncovers plausible references as to the true nature of Jesus’ mission, assigns a new identity to the beloved disciple, explains the true cause of Judas’ ultimate betrayal, underlines the dire urgency behind Jesus’ repeated admonishments to Simon Peter, and demonstrates the schism within the not-so-tight-knit group of Apostles. Thought-provoking and insightful, Abram’s “A Documented Biography of Jesus Before Christianity” is teeming with conjecture … and – taken in the context with which it is presented – most of it makes sense! I recommend this read for anyone interested in being open to a new interpretation of the four Gospels and getting a closer look at the historical life and times of Jesus.