The Shadow Of The Galilean Summary

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Alejandra Pena
Professor Cate
21 April, 2014

Book Review: The Shadow of the Galilean
Gerd Theissen author of The Shadow of the Galilean: The Quest for the Historical Jesus in Narrative Form, is a fictional story of a man named Andreas. The author fabricates an account on the life of Jesus though various characters mentioned in the Bible and its historical context. The Shadow of the Galilean is a make-believe story about Andreas, a Jewish merchant from Sepphoris. Andreas is forced by Pontius Pilot, the Roman governor at the time to reveal the truth about Jesus and uncover any important information about his followers. As Andreas travels through his voyage he narrates the story himself and takes the reader along his journey. Theissen never writes Jesus appearing directly in the narrative but instead the audience only gets glimpses of Him, a “shadow”, Andreas meets people that Jesus had influenced or affected. Through his encounters with these people Andrea learns about the ministry of Jesus, what he said and what he stood for and all the miracles He performed. Theissen cleverly uses his character Andreas as the device to help the reader piece together a sense of the historical Jesus.
The story begins with Andreas attending a political demonstration against Pilate. He is imprisoned by the Romans, suspected for having ties with the terrorists Bannus and Barabbas. Andreas must choose between being persecuted and imprisoned or gather information about the rising Jewish movements that threaten Roman control over the lands. Forced by Pilate, Andreas has to go undercover, but afraid that he might betray the Jewish people he gives irrelevant evidence to the Romans, and they believed him regardless of his unreliable infor...

... middle of paper ... reading the book it made me more conferrable with this side of Jesus. I loved the character of Andreas and I seek to become more and more like that Galilean from Nazareth that he was searching for Jesus. I loved his passion and constant anxiety to need to learn more about Jesus that something I aspire to have.
I enjoyed the book and I tought it was easy to read and understand. The constant adversities Andreas faced keep me craving more, from the prison scene to him being kidnapped left me wondering what would happen for the next chapter. I also enjoyed learning about the Jewish culture and traditions that the book mentioned, and having a new take on arguments regarding the practice of the Sabbath or how Jesus’s teachings could have sounded to a Gentile back in the day. Overall a fun and interesting book to read and challenged by views on the humanity of Jesus.
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