Jesus, Paul, and the Early Christians

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Jesus, Paul, and the Early Christians

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Jesus comes to me and you through thousands of years of imagery and writing—a vast web of material that often does more to obscure than reveal. Now, one of America’s greatest living storytellers retells the greatest story ever told with unprecedented clarity and insight.

An accomplished poet and author, Jay Parini has earned widespread recognition as an innovator in the genre of biographical fiction. Among his books on towering literary figures like John Steinbeck, William Faulkner, Herman Melville, and Robert Frost, he is perhaps best known for his novel about Leo Tolstoy, which was adapted into the 2010 Academy Award-nominated film The Last Station. Now, in Jesus, Paul, and the Early Christians, Parini bends his narrative talents to one of the most storied men in all of history: Jesus Christ.

Parini takes what he calls a “mythic” approach to religion. Throughout Jesus, Paul, and the Early Christians, you will contemplate the rise from history to mystery. In a word, this involves viewing myths as tears in the fabric of reality. Parini shows you how the literal events of history take a backseat to the powerful and enthralling symbolic meaning of the lives of Jesus, Paul, and others. Eloquent and introspective, Parini proves an entertaining guide to early Christianity, its root meanings, and its life-changing possibilities. As you gain deep insights into Jesus’ humanity, you will transform your relationship with God and the eternal life.

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Topic Titles
Topic Titles
  • Myth and Meaning: An Overview
  • Ancient Palestine
  • Christmas Stories
  • Jesus Emerges From Obscurity
  • Walking in Galilee
  • Miracles
  • The Parables
  • The Sermon on the Mount, Part 1
  • The Sermon on the Mount, Part 2
  • Jerusalem
  • The Passion: From Gethsemane to Golgotha
  • Resurrection Thinking
  • Pentecostal Fire
  • The Lives of Jesus
  • The Road to Damascus
  • Competing Centers: Jerusalem and Antioch
  • Missionary Journeys
  • Paul and the Jewish Opposition
  • Rome at Last
  • Paul’s Letters
  • Jesus and Paul
About Your Presenter

Jay Parini is a poet, a novelist, and the Axinn Professor of English at Middlebury College. His many novels include The Damascus Road, a novel about the life of Saint Paul; The Last Station, which was made into an Academy Award-nominated movie in 2010; and Benjamin’s Crossing, a New York Times Notable Book of 1997. His books on Christianity include Jesus: The Human Face of God (2013) and The Way of Jesus: Living a Spiritual and Ethical Life (2017). A pioneer in the genre of biographical fiction, Parini has written well-known biographies of John Steinbeck, Robert Frost, and others. He has won numerous awards, including a Guggenheim Fellowship and the Chicago Tribune-Heartland Award in non-fiction.

Praise for Jay Parini

“For two millennia, the figure of Jesus has haunted the imagination of spiritual seekers around the world, including many great writers, philosophers, and theologians. It might seem there could be nothing fresh to say about him. Yet in each generation, thoughtful observers find new meaning in his life and teachings, as Jay Parini does in this compelling account. A poet as well as a scholar, Parini delves into the history of the faith he espouses and into the mystery at th...

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