The Nazarene Gospel Restored, by Robert Graves and Joshua Podro
Robert Graves’s foray into the obscure origins of Christianity may be a masterpiece of imagination and ingenious learning as applied to time-worn stories and traditions, but it is not likely to find favor with a wide public. For Christians, the quasi-humanistic Gospel that Graves has restored—or rather concocted—is rank heresy. Objective scholars will point to his disregard of the usual canons of historical discipline; and the general reader is likely to be perplexed by a New Testament, purged of the miraculous and the polemical, but also of much of its original flavor. In this very readable volume, which amounts in effect to a brilliant footnote to Mr. Graves’s novel, King Jesus, he remains as little content as before to depend on the findings, interpretations, or insights of others. He seeks his own truth, no matter how delicate the subject or sacrosanct the material.
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