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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (101 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Paul Johnson Narrator: Ralph Cosham Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: February 2010 ISBN: 9781455196371
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Is Jesus relevant to us today?

Few figures have had such an influence on history as Jesus of Nazareth. His teachings have inspired discussion, arguments, even war. Yet few have ever held forth as movingly as Jesus on the need for peace, forgiveness, and mercy.

Paul Johnson offers listeners a lively biography of the man who inspired one of the world’s great religions and whose lessons still guide us in current times. Johnson’s intelligent and conversational style, as well as his ability to distill complex subjects into succinct and highly readable works, makes this book an ideal match of a major historian with a major subject. The result is an accessible biography and an insightful analysis of how Jesus is important in the present era.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Truly a distinguished work of history…We can take a great deal of intellectual pleasure in this book.”

    New York Times Book Review on Paul Johnson's works

  • “Johnson’s biography is superbly written and deeply knowledgeable of Jesus’ life and times. It is consistently thought-provoking—not in the sense of offering a new image of Jesus, but in its ability to draw the reader inside the world of Jesus’ words and deeds. Despite the plethora of other works in this genre, “Jesus: A Biography From a Believer” is a welcome addition on the life of Jesus Christ.”

    Denver Post

  • “In this eminently readable study of Jesus' life and teachings, Johnson delivers a cogent, conservative view of scripture and the character of the Christian faith. At times, Johnson's political views show through…But there is a compassion toward all people that echoes throughout this work. He concludes that this world, filled with evil, needs a return to the teachings of Jesus in order to right itself. Some will disagree. But none will be surprised at Johnson’s fluid writing and fundamentally conservative views of religion and, indeed, the world at large.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Journalist-historian Johnson’s deliberately noncontentious account of history’s most famous man is unapologetically, uncarpingly based on the New Testament…Since the book is longer than all four Gospels put together, it is obviously more than a conflationary synopsis. Johnson weighs what little is said about Jesus’ childhood and youth and why no more is said; discusses Jesus’ personal affect; notes the qualities of his teaching, especially in the parables; emphasizes his reservations about the miracles he performs; and analyzes how he differentially addressed men, women, children, and the aged…Johnson inspects the Passion, the Resurrection, and their aftermath to Pentecost with intelligent faith. An all-but-unalloyed gift to all believing Christians.”

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Listener Opinions

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Michael Foley | 11/9/2013

    " meh. Nothing really amazing about this. Doesn't offer any new information that I hadn't already learned from High School Seminary. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Valaroaol.com | 9/13/2013

    " A very basic, and brief story of The live of Jesus. Most people who attended Sunday school know these stories. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Beth | 1/19/2013

    " Simple, easy to read, and yet powerful. I loved this book. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 John Hanscom | 11/12/2012

    " A thoroughly disappointing book. Paul Johnson should stick to history, wherein he excels. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jerry | 11/11/2012

    " Johnson's strength is descriptive characterization, and times he peaks. He refreshingly takes the Bible at face value. Many places he is doctrinally confused and at others he misses the point of what Jesus is doing, like confounding his enemies with parables. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Dominic | 10/19/2012

    " Merely recounts the Gospels in a summary. Otherwise not very informative and largely disappointing. Does not bring up anything new. Boring and would not recommend reading this. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Regan | 5/10/2012

    " It wasn't an overwhelmingly impressive read, but the subject and the author's clear admiration of him are appreciated. It was a succinct review of Jesus' life and perhaps Johnson's most valuable point is just how applicable the life of Jesus is for individuals and societies of our time. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cynthia Scott | 1/17/2012

    " Extremely well organized and documented analysis of what we do know about the historical Jesus and of the message he brought. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Vlado Marhefka | 12/12/2011

    " one would expect more in-depth story from historian with such reputation ... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Laurele | 9/3/2011

    " Excellent biography by an historian. There are a few things I don't agree with, but I can recommend this book. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Aaron Meyer | 8/6/2011

    " I expected alot more from this book. You take the four gospels and add some historical context and that is it. There are no prying questions, no real digging, needless to say somewhat disappointed. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cynthia | 3/16/2011

    " Extremely well organized and documented analysis of what we do know about the historical Jesus and of the message he brought. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jerry | 2/10/2011

    " Johnson's strength is descriptive characterization, and times he peaks. He refreshingly takes the Bible at face value. Many places he is doctrinally confused and at others he misses the point of what Jesus is doing, like confounding his enemies with parables. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Aaron | 11/18/2010

    " I expected alot more from this book. You take the four gospels and add some historical context and that is it. There are no prying questions, no real digging, needless to say somewhat disappointed. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Michael | 4/29/2010

    " meh. Nothing really amazing about this. Doesn't offer any new information that I hadn't already learned from High School Seminary. "

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About the Author
Author Paul Johnson

Paul Johnson, British author and historian, is the author of many books, including Modern Times, A History of the Jews, Intellectuals, The Birth of the Modern, and The Quest for God, which have been translated into many languages. He has been a frequent contributor to the Daily Telegraph, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Spectator, and other newspapers and magazines. He has lectured to academic, business, and political audiences all over the world.

About the Narrator

Ralph Cosham (1936–2014), a.k.a. Geoffrey Howard, was a British journalist who changed careers to become a narrator and screen and stage actor. He performed in more than one hundred professional theatrical roles, and several of his narrations were named “Audio Best of the Year” by Publishers Weekly. In 2013 he won the coveted Audie Award for his narration of Louise Penny’s The Beautiful Mystery.