Book review: 'Whom Say Ye That I Am?' explores context of who Jesus was and what he taught

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  • Craig Clark Boulder, CO
    Sept. 11, 2018 8:39 a.m.

    Jesus emerged from obscurity teaching that the Kingdom of heaven is at hand. That remained his central message. For Jews it meant restoration of the throne of David. In a world ruled by Rome, Jesus risked being seen as a political insurrectionist. He was in fact crucified with a placard over his head that read, Jesus of Nazareth, king of the Jews.

    What Jesus meant by the kingdom of heaven is debated still. The gospel narratives tell us he preached peace and spoke of the kingdom in metaphors. The kingdom is like a mustard seed, a treasure planted in a field, a sower casting seed on soils that might yield a crop or might not. Jesus had no idea of the soils on which the seed he scattered would eventually fall.

    Paul took the message further. It became about salvation. But at the outset, Jesus spoke of how people behaved toward each other. Treat others in the way you want to be treated. That’s much more than Christian theology. That’s basic humanity.

  • John Pack Lambert of Michigan Ypsilanti, MI
    Sept. 8, 2018 7:23 p.m.

    This is a subject that has been attempted bymany authors coming from many different faith traditions, which will inevitably cloud some of the final decisions. The McConkie's from what is written here seem to have decided to choose a restrained approach, building on what is known, and not delving into speculation.

    It sounds to me like this would be a desirable addition to most people's libraries.