Book Review: The Shadow of the Galilean


German Theologian and New Testament Scholar Gerd Theissen has written this very unusual but interesting work of historical fiction. As the subtitle suggests – The Quest of the Historical Jesus in Narrative Form – it is the humanity of Jesus that shines through in this work, with only hints of his deity, and that in passing.

Theissen grounds the work in history front and centre, and then develops the plots, characters and narrative around it. The ample footnotes provide much of the historical and scholarly evidence for the historicity of his book. It is a very readable introduction to Jesus Studies for the average reader.

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