Essay about Book Review: The Shadow of the Galilean

1521 Words Nov 4th, 2014 7 Pages
Monica C. Sangco
Due: 4/21/2014
CST130B – Book Review: The Shadow of the Galilean by Gerd Theissen

The book The Shadow of the Galilean by Gerd Theissen is a historical fiction, creating a fictitious account of the life of Jesus through a narrative of a third person. This story brings an interesting, more relatable version to the reader as they go through the thoughts and travels of Andreas, a Jewish merchant, the protagonist of the book. Most events of this story are historically accurate which allows readers to better conceptualize the ideas that Theissen brings forward within the story by creatively tying it in to the life of Andreas. Through this book we are able open up another world to a reader, expanding the possibilities
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He was to determine whether or not Jesus of Nazareth was a threat to Roman power. He travels to Nazareth and meets a couple who had lost their sons who ran off to join various groups due to their financial struggles. Two ran away to join the community in the wilderness while one went to answer the call of Jesus (65). Andreas then goes to Capernaum and meets Matthias who expects Jesus to heal his sick daughter. He then engages in a theological debate about the Sabbath with a scribe and a rabbi. He then speaks with the man who had assumed Levi’s position as a toll collector when he left to follow Jesus. He learns that many beggars now expect handouts from people because of the hope they have found in Jesus (109). Andreas continues on in Tiberias where he visits his friend and his wife, Chuza and Joanna (120). It was then discovered that Joanna had actually become a follower of Christ and had been secretly sending money to support Jesus. The influence that Jesus had on the people that Andreas met had amazed him.
Andreas writes a report on Jesus after collecting enough information with the interactions he had with the various people and families. He chooses to protect Jesus by omitting possible controversial issues. He credits Jesus as a philosopher and a poet who agrees with Greek traditions such as loving God and others and loves to tell parable stories. While delivering the report he also proposes a way to satiate rebellious tension by pardoning criminal

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