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Who was the historical Jesus? Here veteran movie director Paul Verhoeven's lifelong fascination with the facts and fictions surrounding the life of Jesus of Nazareth culminates in a work of brazen scholarship. Combining his passion for the subject with an in-depth knowledge of the history gained through rigorous study, Verhoeven paints a portrait of Jesus the man and Jesus the radical prophet. Verhoeven constructs a new vision of Jesus as a child born from the rape of Mary by a Roman soldier, as a spiritualist who performed exorcisms by screaming and spitting in the mouths of the possessed to drive out demons, and as a militant revolutionary who urged his followers to arm themselves.

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Combining his passion for the subject with an in-depth knowledge of the history gained through rigorous study, film director Verhoeven paints a portrait of Jesus the man and Jesus the radical prophet.

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The director of Robocop paints a groundbreaking portrait of Jesus.

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Building on the work of the great Biblical scholars of the twentieth century—Rudolf Bultman, Raymond Brown, Jane Schabert and Robert Funk, founder of the Jesus Seminars, among others—filmmaker Paul Verhoeven disrobes the mythical Jesus to reveal a man who is, after all, startlingly familiar to us, a man who has much in common with other great political leaders throughout history, human beings who believed that change was coming in their lifetimes.

Gone is the Jesus of the miracles, gone the son of God, gone the weaver of arcane parables whose meanings are obscure. In their place Verhoeven gives us his vision of Jesus as a complete man, someone who was changed by events, the leader of a political movement, and, perhaps most importantly, someone who, in his speeches and sayings, introduced a new ethics in which enlightened behavior and the embrace of human contradictions transcend the mechanics of value and worth that had defined the material world before Jesus.

Coming to a deeper understanding of the historical Jesus has been a lifelong passion for Verhoeven, who for the last quarter-century has been among the very few nonacademics participating in the Jesus Seminars. Verhoeven assumed that one day he would make a film of the life of Jesus. Then he realized that it must be a book. Steeped in Biblical scholarship but free of the institutional biases, whether academic or religious, that so often dictate the terms of discussion of the historical Jesus, Jesus of Nazareth is a book that builds a bridge reaching all the way back to Jesus's lifetime, all the way forward to the present, and from biblical scholars to lay readers whose interest might be personal or political.

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Who was the historical Jesus? Here veteran movie director Paul Verhoeven’s lifelong fascination with the facts and fictions surrounding the life of Jesus of Nazareth culminates in a work of brazen scholarship. Combining his passion for the subject with an in-depth knowledge of the history gained through rigorous study, Verhoeven paints a portrait of Jesus the man and Jesus the radical prophet. Verhoeven constructs a new vision of Jesus as a child born from the rape of Mary by a Roman soldier, as a spiritualist who performed exorcisms by screaming and spitting in the mouths of the possessed to drive out demons, and as a militant revolutionary who urged his followers to arm themselves.

After moving from his native Holland to Los Angeles in 1985, Paul Verhoeven became the only non-theologian admitted into the Jesus Seminar, a group of seventy-seven eminent scholars in theology, philosophy, linguistics, and biblical history. Their discussions are devoted to determining what Jesus actually said and did. Jesus of Nazareth was developed in extensive consultation with Rob van Scheers, Verhoeven’s biographer. Verhoeven is the director of successful films such as Turkish Delight (1973), Soldier of Orange (1977), The Fourth Man (1983), RoboCop (1987), Basic Instinct (1992), Starship Troopers (1997), and Black Book (2006).

Susan Massotty is an award-winning translator who has also translated The Diary of Anne Frank, My Father’s Notebook by Kader Abdolah, All Souls Day by Cees Nooteboom, Wedding by the Sea by Abdelkader Benali, and The Kreutzer Sonata by Margriet de Moor. She lives and works in the Netherlands.

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After moving from his native Holland to Los Angeles in 1985, Paul Verhoeven became the only non-theologian admitted into the Jesus Seminar, a group of seventy-seven eminent scholars in theology, philosophy, linguistics, and biblical history. Their discussions are devoted to determining what Jesus actually said and did. Jesus of Nazareth was developed in extensive consultation with Rob van Scheers, Verhoeven's biographer. Verhoeven is the director of successful films such as Turkish Delight (1973), Soldier of Orange (1977), The Fourth Man (1983), RoboCop (1987), Basic Instinct (1992), Starship Troopers (1997), and Black Book (2006).

Susan Massotty is an award-winning translator who has also translated The Diary of Anne Frank, My Father's Notebook by Kader Abdolah, All Souls Day by Cees Nooteboom, Wedding by the Sea by Abdelkader Benali, and The Kreutzer Sonata by Margriet de Moor. She lives and works in the Netherlands.

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anton_van_wamelen, August 22, 2010 (view all comments by anton_van_wamelen)
The writer assumes that the Lord was a terrorist and used a sword to slay the Romans in order to free the people of Israel from the Romans.. The truth of as far from this as the outer layer of the universe and mr verhoeven did not grasp a tittle or jota what the Gospel tries to tell us. The Coming of the Lord was to free mankind from the bondage of Sin not to free a certain people from their bondage of an alien empire. Even the people of Israel did not grasp it, even not today. Therefore they handed Him over to the Occupier to have executed, which the Romans did. Therefore are all tribes of Isreal dispersed all over the world and nearly killed in WW2...
No mr.verhoeven stick better to his movie making instead of writing utterly nonsense.



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dutchessabroad, April 6, 2010 (view all comments by dutchessabroad)
Don't miss this author appearance. Whether you're a Theologist, film buff/ lover or fan of Paul Verhoeven's movies, you'll be in for a surprise. The man who brought us Turkish Delight, Prince of Orange and The Black Book is as erudite as scholars come. Add the analytical mind of a mathematician, the questioning mind of a sceptic and the wit of ... ( you may fill that one in yourself).
Want a good question for Q&A? Ask him whether/ how he made Robocop (yes he signed for that one as well) walk on water...
As for the book - you're in the hands of a storyteller with a consciece, no made-up (good for film) facts, just a lot of good old speculation.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9781583229057
Author:
Verhoeven, Paul
Publisher:
Seven Stories Press
With:
Van Scheers, Rob
Translator:
Massotty, Susan
Author:
Massotty, Susan
Subject:
General
Subject:
Jesus Christ--Person and offices
Subject:
Christian Theology - Christology
Subject:
Religious
Subject:
General Biography
Subject:
History
Subject:
Biography-Religious
Edition Description:
Trade Cloth
Publication Date:
20100431
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Language:
English
Pages:
304
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in 17 oz

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Product details 304 pages Seven Stories Press - English 9781583229057 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , Combining his passion for the subject with an in-depth knowledge of the history gained through rigorous study, film director Verhoeven paints a portrait of Jesus the man and Jesus the radical prophet.
"Synopsis" by ,
The director of Robocop paints a groundbreaking portrait of Jesus.
"Synopsis" by , Building on the work of the great Biblical scholars of the twentieth century—Rudolf Bultman, Raymond Brown, Jane Schabert and Robert Funk, founder of the Jesus Seminars, among others—filmmaker Paul Verhoeven disrobes the mythical Jesus to reveal a man who is, after all, startlingly familiar to us, a man who has much in common with other great political leaders throughout history, human beings who believed that change was coming in their lifetimes.

Gone is the Jesus of the miracles, gone the son of God, gone the weaver of arcane parables whose meanings are obscure. In their place Verhoeven gives us his vision of Jesus as a complete man, someone who was changed by events, the leader of a political movement, and, perhaps most importantly, someone who, in his speeches and sayings, introduced a new ethics in which enlightened behavior and the embrace of human contradictions transcend the mechanics of value and worth that had defined the material world before Jesus.

Coming to a deeper understanding of the historical Jesus has been a lifelong passion for Verhoeven, who for the last quarter-century has been among the very few nonacademics participating in the Jesus Seminars. Verhoeven assumed that one day he would make a film of the life of Jesus. Then he realized that it must be a book. Steeped in Biblical scholarship but free of the institutional biases, whether academic or religious, that so often dictate the terms of discussion of the historical Jesus, Jesus of Nazareth is a book that builds a bridge reaching all the way back to Jesus's lifetime, all the way forward to the present, and from biblical scholars to lay readers whose interest might be personal or political.

"Synopsis" by ,

Who was the historical Jesus? Here veteran movie director Paul Verhoeven’s lifelong fascination with the facts and fictions surrounding the life of Jesus of Nazareth culminates in a work of brazen scholarship. Combining his passion for the subject with an in-depth knowledge of the history gained through rigorous study, Verhoeven paints a portrait of Jesus the man and Jesus the radical prophet. Verhoeven constructs a new vision of Jesus as a child born from the rape of Mary by a Roman soldier, as a spiritualist who performed exorcisms by screaming and spitting in the mouths of the possessed to drive out demons, and as a militant revolutionary who urged his followers to arm themselves.

After moving from his native Holland to Los Angeles in 1985, Paul Verhoeven became the only non-theologian admitted into the Jesus Seminar, a group of seventy-seven eminent scholars in theology, philosophy, linguistics, and biblical history. Their discussions are devoted to determining what Jesus actually said and did. Jesus of Nazareth was developed in extensive consultation with Rob van Scheers, Verhoeven’s biographer. Verhoeven is the director of successful films such as Turkish Delight (1973), Soldier of Orange (1977), The Fourth Man (1983), RoboCop (1987), Basic Instinct (1992), Starship Troopers (1997), and Black Book (2006).

Susan Massotty is an award-winning translator who has also translated The Diary of Anne Frank, My Father’s Notebook by Kader Abdolah, All Souls Day by Cees Nooteboom, Wedding by the Sea by Abdelkader Benali, and The Kreutzer Sonata by Margriet de Moor. She lives and works in the Netherlands.

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