|Since that commentary, I
bought the full eBook from Amazon and read the whole thing. It
was almost impossible to put down. As usual I wanted to share a
few highlights, so I selected a few dozen passages and posted them for
those who would like to read them.
Let me make a few observations:
First, there isn't really much in this book that we didn't already
know. I did my New Testament studies 63 years ago at the very same
Harvard Divinity School that Doctor Aslan attended years later. Of
course, the professors that I studied with had all passed away by the
time Doctor Aslan arrived. But the basic historical information about
Jesus of Nazareth had already been well established. What makes this
book so important is that the author has taken the trouble to provide
the reader with all of the historical and documentary evidence and to
present it all in very readable form.
Second, let me admit that not everyone is going to like this book. It
was written for people who would like to discover what we can actually
know about Jesus when studied exactly the same way that we would study
any other historical person. Even people of faith might be interested
in what we could know about Jesus the man apart from faith. However,
I've lived long enough to know that there are people who say, "My
mind is already made up. Don't confuse me with the facts." I spent
the first thirty years of my life saying that. I don't knock it.
Third, I hope you buy the book for yourself. These excerpts
can't begin to replace the actual book.
are isolated paragraphs, so you can't read them like a novel.
Each entry must be pondered separately.