A Spectator's Guide to Jesus
What does the historical Jesus have to do with the Jesus of contemporary imagination? What does Dan Brown's Jesus from The Da Vinci Code have to do with Mel Gibson's Jesus from The Passion of the Christ? ...
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What does the historical Jesus have to do with the Jesus of contemporary imagination? What does Dan Brown's Jesus from The Da Vinci Code have to do with Mel Gibson's Jesus from The Passion of the Christ?
A Spectator's Guide to Jesus - an Introduction to the Man from Nazareth is true to its title. It is neither a sceptical tirade nor an evangelistic tract. It is rather a popular-level historical introduction to the life and teaching of Jesus written for the average "spectator" rather than the academic or religious believer.
Dr John Dickson, award-winning author of A Spectator's Guide to World Religions (ISBN 192 093 5428), takes readers through the historical data to reveal a figure who will surprise both the religious and the not-so-religious. Dr Dickson's Jesus is neither "left-wing" nor "right-wing"; in fact, it is clear that the Jesus of history transcended these simplistic modern categories.
In his foreword to A Spectator's Guide to Jesus, Peter Garrett MP says:
"It is too obvious to say that the figure of Jesus has intrigued, absorbed and inspired devotion in millions of people through the ages but central to the figure of Jesus is the simple fact - devoid of national, religious or cultural clothing - of universal fascination with the teacher from Galilee."
If you have ever wondered how a crucified Palestinian peasant could end up winning the allegiance of 2 billion confessed Christians today, this book will provide some of the answers.
John Dickson is Australia's best selling Christian author, with sales in excess of 150,000 copies. One alone, A Sneaking Suspicion, has sold more than 50,000 copies in Australia, New Zealand, and the UK. John's books focus on the relevance of faith in the modern world. Born in Sydney, John Dickson has a PhD in Ancient History from Macquarie University and holds a position of Honorary Associate in Ancient History, Macquarie University. He also has an Honours degree in Theology. John started his career as a singer/songwriter and recorded with rock band In the Silence for 7 years. He also hosted the nationally broadcast Christian music TV program Swordfish on Network 10 for 2 years, interviewing guests and reviewing music.
John was the Founding Director of the Centre for Public Christianity and now is a Senior Consultant to CPX. He has a degree in theology and a PhD in ancient history. An ordained Anglican minister, he was a Research Fellow of the Department of Ancient History at Macquarie University (2005-17), a Visiting Academic in the Faculty of Classics at the University of Oxford (2017-18), and teaches a course on the Historical Jesus for the Department of Jewish Studies at the University of Sydney. He has hosted two nationally televised documentaries and authored more than a dozen books.