THE LIFE OF JESUS (Renan's Celebrated Work) ERNEST RENAN 1908
THE LIFE OF JESUS (Renan's Celebrated Work). By Ernest Renan, Watts & Co., London, 1908.
Within his lifetime, Renan was best known as the author of the enormously popular Life of Jesus (Vie de Jésus, 1863). The book was first translated into English in the year of its publication by Charles E. Wilbour and has remained in print for the past 145 years.
The book's controversial assertions that the life of Jesus should be written like the life of any historic person, and that the Bible could and should be subject to the same critical scrutiny as other historical documents caused controversy and enraged many Christians, and Jews were enraged because of its depiction of Judaism as foolish and absurdly illogical and for its insistence that Jesus and Christianity were superior.
His Life of Jesus promoted racial ideas and infused race into theology and the person of Jesus; he depicted Jesus as a Galilean who was transformed from a Jew into a Christian, and that Christianity emerged purified of any Jewish influences. The book was based largely on the Gospel of John, and was a scholarly work.
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