I have just finished reading The Gospel According to the Son, by Norman Mailer. I was drawn to the novel after seeing recently deceased Mailer interviewed on a Charlie Rose TV program repeat.
Mailer, a Jew, wrote the 256 page book from the perspective of Jesus of Nazareth. While a work of fiction, based on the familiar Gospels, it provides an interesting study on the life and times of Jesus.
The treatment of Jesus’ confrontation with the Temple leadership and Roman authority is insightful. The book gives one an interesting perspective on Jesus’ relationships with such people as the Samaritan woman at the well, and the disappointing of Judas and Peter in their betrayal and denials.
If you read it, just keep in mind that this is but one man’s interpretation of the Gospels, not the Gospels themselves. The manner in which the book deals with Jesus knowing his Father’s will, may not be in keeping with the way, if any, you have considered this before. But, nothing in the book caused me any particular conflict, although occasionally I did have to remind myself it is a novel.
Jesus’ miracles before his crucifixion, and his appearances after his resurrection are dealt with in a way that for me, presented them powerfully.
If you find reading the King James version of the Gospels often leaves you wondering what was said, you will find reading this book very easy, yet with a use of language that conveys a sense of reverence and antiquity.
Obviously, this book is controversial. You can read comments made about it here:
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