- Publisher: Penguin India (29 August 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9780143418603
- ISBN-13: 978-0143418603
- ASIN: 0143418602
- Product Dimensions: 19.7 x 13 x 1.4 cm
- Average Customer Review: 2 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,36,248 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Good Man Jesus and the Scoundrel Christ Paperback – 29 Aug 2012
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Key Features Philip Pullman is one of the most successful children's writers today with a massive profile The Good Man has been widely reviewed in India About the Book: The Good Man Jesus and the Scoundrel Christ The paperback edition of the acclaimed Pullman retellingof the New Testament In this ingenious retelling of the life of Jesus, Philip Pullman revisits the most influential story ever told. Charged with mystery, compassion and enormous power, The Good Man Jesus and the Scoundrel Christ offers a radical new take on the New Testament that throws fresh light on who Jesus was and asks the reader questions that will continue to reverberate long after the final page is turned. About the Author: Philip Pullman Philip Pullman has won many awards, including the Carnegie Medal,the Guardian Children's Fiction Prize, the Smarties Prize, The Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award, The Whitbread Book of the Year Award and a CBE. His acclaimed trilogy, His Dark Materials, has been published in 39 languages, and was the subject of a hugely successful adaption in the National Theatre. Philip Pullman lives in Oxford with his wife, and has two sons. Reviews 'Brilliant and important . . . A tragedy on a grand scale'- Open 'Pullman has done the story a service by reminding us of its extraordinary power to provoke and disturb'- The Telegraph
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I loved it. It is nice to see religious figures shown in a much more humane light.
Their story would probably be more believable that ways, although this book will never make a believer out of me.
That's just my opinion though.
And it may probably hurt the feelings of some hardcore Christians to see Christ as a human and not how they've always been told.
But it means no harm.
Kudos to the writer, though!!
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My comment has nothing to do with Christianity or my personal belief. But I question the author's strangely reasoned ideas about Jesus and "Christ" (meaning the anointed one) as if they are two separate people drawn together as part of a mythology the author is attempting to construct.
One would do well to ignore this book. It's a horrible waste of time.
Judas's (Christ's) role, (like the snake in the garden,) is recognized by a gifted writer for what it is; the facilitator in the narrative. Naturally, it is Judas who makes it possible for Christ to realize his destiny, ie. to die as a man so that he may live as a god. Judas is what makes 'it' go; and could easily be construed as God's instrument, if God is indeed an all-knowing deity. (Yahweh probably planted the snake in the Garden as well; again, without which the Bible would end on page two.)
Pullman takes the sine-qua-non of 'Judas' and sews it directly into Jesus's very flesh, by inventing his doppelganger, his twin brother, Christ. He takes what heretofore can be understood as a metaphorical truth and makes it literal. The modern stance of Dostoevsky is given a neat post-modernist twist here, and serves up new food-for-thought from the original recipe. -- Geoffrey Dorfman
In understanding the author's intent, it is worth noting that this book was published as #14 a series on ancient myths. While interpretations may vary, I take the author's account as a way of capturing the dual nature of the historical Jesus as viewed from today's perspective -- not the man vs. the god, but the itinerant faith- healer vs the unwitting founder of a new religion. I found the book neither offensive nor particularly interesting, but am glad if it opens some reader's eyes to possibilities more likely than the supernatural myths of 2000 years ago.