Jesus The human face of God

Jay Parini

Book - 2013

Jay Parini turns the powerful narrative skill he's wielded over the course of a four-decade career to a figure who's dominated our collective imagination and cultural iconography for over twenty centuries. The main trend of modern theology has hinged on the notion of "demythologizing" Jesus. Parini's book seeks to re-mythologize him, considering the story in all its mythical radiance, taking Jesus as the human face of God. It asks: What's so moving about Jesus'...s story that millions of people over two millennia have considered it a paradigm for living? Far from dogmatic, Parini looks at the many ways in which Jesus has been viewed and dramatizes the transformation from Jesus to Christ, man to myth, and obscure Jewish carpenter to someone who pointed a finger toward God and said with conviction: "This is the way. Follow me."--From publisher description.

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Series
Icons series (New Harvest (Firm))
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Published
Boston : New Harvest : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt [2013]
Language
English
Physical Description
xxi, 170 pages ; 22 cm
Bibliography
Includes bibliographical references (pages 168-170).
ISBN
9780544025899
054402589X
Main Author
Jay Parini (-)
  • Ancient Palestine
  • In the beginning
  • The dove descending : His ministry begins
  • Walking in Galilee : the healer and teacher
  • Entering Jerusalem
  • The Passion : from Gethsemane to Golgotha
  • Resurrection
  • The afterlife of Jesus.
Review by Library Journal Reviews

Poet/novelist Parini, whose best-selling The Last Station was made into an Academy Award-nominated film, here seeks to reinvest Jesus with a certain radiance. First in James Atlas's new "Icons" series. [Page 66]. (c) Copyright 2012. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Review by Publishers Weekly Reviews

"Remythologizing" Jesus is the aim of this slim biography. Parini (The Last Station), a much published professor of English and creative writing at Middlebury College, wishes to present neither a scholarly investigation of the historical Jesus nor another literalist retelling of biblical accounts. Rather, he sets out to explore Jesus' story in the context of "the gradually realizing kingdom of God." Consequently, the book is at its best when Parini shares his ideas of timeless, spiritual implications of the ancient Jesus stories and when he draws from non-biblical art and especially literature to reframe what he understands as the mystery and ongoing-ness of revelation. It is weakest when Parini (occasionally and against his own intentions) lapses into common assumptions based on the gospel stories as objective history. Scholars will find little new here, but seekers may be inspired to think differently about how the man from Nazareth might bear on lives today. Parini's non-literalist theology proves a gentle goad to reconsider the power of myth to tell truths. Agent: Geri Thoma, Writers House. (Dec. 3) [Page ]. Copyright 2013 PWxyz LLC

Review by Publisher Summary 1

Profiles Jesus Christ as the human face of God, taking into the account the multiple ways his life has been viewed and retold, and dramatizing the transformation from a man to a myth.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

The award-winning author of "The Passages of H. M." presents a debut entry in the ICONS series that explores the mythical aspects of Jesus as a human face of God, tracing the transformation from Jesus to Christ while exploring the events and self-sacrifice that have inspired believers throughout history. 40,000 first printing.

Review by Publisher Summary 3

Jay Parini brings a life’s worth of contemplation on Jesus to the first volume in ICONS, a series of brief, thought-provoking biographies edited by James Atlas. InJesus, Parini turns the powerful narrative skill he’s wielded over the course of a four-decade career to a figure who’s dominated our collective imagination and cultural iconography for over twenty centuries.The main trend of modern theology has hinged on the notion of “demythologizing” Jesus. Parini’s book seeks to re-mythologize him, considering the story in all its mythical radiance, taking Jesus as the human face of God. It asks: What’s so moving about Jesus’s story that millions of people over two millennia have considered it a paradigm for living?Far from dogmatic, Parini looks at the many ways in which Jesus has been viewed and dramatizes the transformation from Jesus to Christ, man to myth, and obscure Jewish carpenter to someone who pointed a finger toward God and said with conviction:This is the way. Follow me.

Review by Publisher Summary 4

Jay Parini’s Jesus brings the powerful narrative skills of an award-winning novelist to a figure who has affected and changed many lives in a profound way. Parini considers the story in all its mythical radiance, taking Jesus as the human face of God, a figure whose self-sacrifice has inspired men and women for twenty centuries.