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Desire of the Everlasting Hills: The World Before and After Jesus (Hinges of History Book 3) (edició 2010)

de Thomas Cahill (Autor)

Sèrie: Hinges of History (3)

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"Cahill is insightful, wry, and highly entertaining as he explores the cultural influences, social expectations, and tricky politics of the day.  He examines the New Testament in this light, yet remains respectful. His goal, he states early, is to ascertain whether Jesus made a difference. His conclusion is unequivocal." --Christian Science Monitor In Desire of the Everlasting Hills, Thomas Cahill takes up his most daring and provocative subject yet: Jesus of Nazareth, the central figure of Western civilization. Introducing us first to "the people Jesus knew," Thomas Cahill describes the oppressive Roman political presence, the pervasive Greek cultural influence, and especially the widely varied social and religious context of the Judaism in which Jesus moved and flourished. These backgrounds, essential to a complete understanding of Jesus, lead to the author's stunningly original interpretation of the New Testament--much of it based on material from the ancient Greek brilliantly translated by the author himself--that will delight readers and surprise even biblical scholars. Thomas Cahill's most unusual skill may lie in his ability to bring to life people of a faraway world whose concerns seem at first to be utterly removed from the present day. We see Jesus as a real person, sharp-witted and sharp-tongued, but kind, humorous, and affectionate, shadowed by the inevitable climax of crucifixion, the cruelest form of execution ever devised by humankind. Mary, while not quite the "perpetual virgin" of popular piety, is a vivid presence and forceful influence on her son. And the apostle Paul, the carrier of Jesus' message and most important figure in the early Jesus movement (which became Christianity), finds rehabilitation in Cahill's realistic, revealing portrait of him. The third volume in the Hinges of History series, this unique presentation of Jesus and his times is for believers and nonbelievers alike (for Jews and Christians, it is intended by the author as an act of reconciliation). With the same lively narration and irresistible perceptions that characterize How the Irish Saved Civilization and The Gifts of the Jews, Thomas Cahill invites readers into an ancient world to commune with some of the most influential people who ever lived.… (més)
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Títol:Desire of the Everlasting Hills: The World Before and After Jesus (Hinges of History Book 3)
Autors:Thomas Cahill (Autor)
Informació:Anchor (2010), Edition: 1st, 345 pages
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I found very little redeeming about this book and finally abandoned it about 2/3 through.

The author has a very secular understanding of the Bible and Jewish history. He misses half the point, the whole point, and all of the beauty most of the time. His chapters on the life of Jesus were full of mocking untruths and misunderstandings. I get the overall impression that this author calls himself a "Christian" but I'd love to read something like this from an actual whole Bible believer.

Even taking into consideration his odd sense of humor (at one point I wrote in my notes: "it takes a bit to get his humor. I think I’m probably more sensitive than I should be with some of his points.") his very skewed interpretation of the impact of Jesus and the Bible makes this book extremely disappointing. In fact, looking over his biography, this is the perfect example of someone who hears the word, studies the word, (paid good, good money to learn the Hebrew Bible even), but completely misses the message.

I often wondered, "is he actually a respected historian?" (He describes martyrdom as a genre of mythology.) I couldn't get past the screwy interpretations that Paul and the first century church were not encouraging their followers to follow Torah. The author misunderstands, misinterprets, and misrepresents Torah throughout. It takes more than big words and reputation to make a scholar. This one can’t get his own theology straight, saying on one page that 2 Timothy couldn’t possibly have been written by Paul but on the next page encouraging us to imagine Paul “thinking, as he wrote in Second Timothy…”. Ok then.

He relegates Revelation to a silly fun mystery story written by a bored John in exile. He cracks the 666 code for us (oh thank you, wise scholar!) and explains (with a "big duh!!! mentality) that it merely refers to Nero. News flash: 666 using gematria also works for several phrases including the name Barak Obama, Prince Arthur, Thomas Cruise, and "This is a Hoax". When whoever this person is is actually revealed, this passage will be made clear, just as the ones about the delivery of the mark of the beast or the fact that the whole world will look on the dead witnesses were made more understandable once technology caught up and revealed possible scenarios.

The nonsense probably didn't stop there, but that's where I stopped. I can't stomach this "scholarly" misrepresented garbage. I'd encourage potential readers to save time and do their own research. Much of what he talks about is common knowledge of history---this book was more about furthering the enemy's secular agenda disguised as modern day Christianity. ( )
  classyhomemaker | Dec 11, 2023 |
This book is an interesting look at the cultures, people, languages, and events that shaped the world around Jesus. From the influence of Alexander the Great and the Greeks on the Jews to the personalities and writing styles of Jesus's early followers, many intriguing influences are discussed. While not comprehensive, Cahill's mostly-secular work is both engaging and accessible. ( )
  bibliothecarivs | Oct 26, 2023 |
Between 1995 and 2013, Thomas Cahill released a series of books called The Hinges of History, about, as one might guess, critical turning points the history of western civilization. This book, the third in the series, is about the impact Jesus, his teachings, and his followers had on history.

Cahill presents the Mediterranean world before the birth of Jesus, what we know about his life--and yes, historians that have studied his time agree he existed--and how his teachings and his followers changed the prevalent worldview after him. He examines not just what the New Testament tells us directly, but what textual analysis tells us about the New Testament. This includes when the Gospels were written, the clear evidence that different Gospels were written at different times, closer to or further from the death of Jesus, that some parts of the New Testament were apparently based on an earlier source document closer to Jesus' own lifetime, etc. And of course, Mathew, Mark, Luke, John, and Paul all show different cultural, social, and economic backgrounds, reflected in how they tell Jesus' story, including what incidents they tell or omit, or emphasize or de-emphasize.

Interwoven with all this is the broader history of the region and era, how this affected the Jesus movement as well as broader Jewish culture--because for much of this period, the Jesus movement was simply one of many Jewish splinter belief groups. Of the many Jewish denominations of the time, only two, the Pharisees and the Christians, survived the end of the ancient world. Unfortunately, they became fratricidal enemies, with the Christians, in the long run, doing overwhelmingly most of the damage.

Cahill is at all times both careful and respectful, valuing every culture's contributions. The previous volume in this series was The Gifts of the Jews: How a Tribe of Desert Nomads Changed the Way Everyone Thinks and Feels, while the next one was Sailing the Wine-Dark Sea: Why the Greeks Matter. This is a serious look at an important piece of our history, not an evangelical work. It's well-written, thoughtful, and in the case of this audiobook edition, I liked the job the narrator did.

Recommended.

I bought this audiobook. ( )
  LisCarey | Dec 4, 2021 |
Why is it that texts which present themselves as overviews, summations, or syntheses find it so difficult to cite specific supporting evidence instead of alluding to it?

Mr. Cahill's book might be better subtitled "The New Testament in Context." He provides some background material on the age, and then readings of each of the portrayals of Jesus. This is no mean feat. However, it is not what the book claims to explicate, which is the specific impact of Jesus on the world and why he was such a pivotal figure. You get a sense of it from the discussion of the Gospel of Luke and the Pauline letters, but there's little demonstration, merely statements. The last chapter, summarizing all that happened after the writing of the Gospels, has the feel of post hoc ergo propter hoc about it.

But the book did make me pick up the Bible again, and the bibliographical essay did have interesting leads for further reading. ( )
  cwcoxjr | Sep 5, 2019 |
EL DESEO DE LAS COLINAS ETERNAS " EL MUNDO ANTES Y DESPUÉS DE JESUS"

En El deseo de las colinas eternas Cahill toma como figura central a Jesús de Nazareth y se acerca a él desde diversos ángulos para comprenderlo y establecer el impacto de sus enseñanzas y del primer movimiento cristiano en nuestra cultura. A partir del contexto social y político de la época, Cahill nos muestra que, para entender el movimiento cristiano, tenemos que hacernos una idea de la opresiva presencia política de Roma en la época, de la potente influencia cultural de Grecia y del particular contexto social y religioso del judaísmo a principios del siglo I.

A continuación, nos introduce en el escenario histórico en el que nace Jesús, el ambiente y atmósfera en los que vive y predica, y los afectos y reacciones de quienes lo rodean. Y finalmente, da paso a una perspicaz y original interpretación del Nuevo Testamento y de cómo las ideas cristianas se fueron transmitiendo a Europa a través de los evangelistas y se convirtieron en una gran religión.

Thomas Cahill propone responder a preguntas que por siglos se ha planteado la humanidad: ¿Cómo era Jesús? ¿Qué sentía la multitud que lo escuchaba? ¿Qué papel jugó la Virgen María? ¿Qué llevó a los apóstoles a abandonarlo todo para seguirlo? Gracias a su peculiar sensibilidad y a un vasto conocimiento del mundo y de las lenguas antiguas, el autor da vida a los personajes históricos, profundiza en sus sentimientos y explica sus motivaciones entregando al lector una visión renovada y fresca del origen del cristianismo.

Para empezar, describe los siglos que antecedieron a la llegada de Jesús, luego presenta el escenario histórico en el que nace el Mesías y el ambiente en el que nació y vivió; al final, nos lleva al cuadro de su muerte y al misterio de su resurrección. Con este trasfondo, Cahill interpreta diversos pasajes del Nuevo Testamento y la manera como las ideas cristianas se convirtieron en los fundamentos de la religión católica y se impusieron en Europa.
  FundacionRosacruz | Jan 23, 2018 |
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"Cahill is insightful, wry, and highly entertaining as he explores the cultural influences, social expectations, and tricky politics of the day.  He examines the New Testament in this light, yet remains respectful. His goal, he states early, is to ascertain whether Jesus made a difference. His conclusion is unequivocal." --Christian Science Monitor In Desire of the Everlasting Hills, Thomas Cahill takes up his most daring and provocative subject yet: Jesus of Nazareth, the central figure of Western civilization. Introducing us first to "the people Jesus knew," Thomas Cahill describes the oppressive Roman political presence, the pervasive Greek cultural influence, and especially the widely varied social and religious context of the Judaism in which Jesus moved and flourished. These backgrounds, essential to a complete understanding of Jesus, lead to the author's stunningly original interpretation of the New Testament--much of it based on material from the ancient Greek brilliantly translated by the author himself--that will delight readers and surprise even biblical scholars. Thomas Cahill's most unusual skill may lie in his ability to bring to life people of a faraway world whose concerns seem at first to be utterly removed from the present day. We see Jesus as a real person, sharp-witted and sharp-tongued, but kind, humorous, and affectionate, shadowed by the inevitable climax of crucifixion, the cruelest form of execution ever devised by humankind. Mary, while not quite the "perpetual virgin" of popular piety, is a vivid presence and forceful influence on her son. And the apostle Paul, the carrier of Jesus' message and most important figure in the early Jesus movement (which became Christianity), finds rehabilitation in Cahill's realistic, revealing portrait of him. The third volume in the Hinges of History series, this unique presentation of Jesus and his times is for believers and nonbelievers alike (for Jews and Christians, it is intended by the author as an act of reconciliation). With the same lively narration and irresistible perceptions that characterize How the Irish Saved Civilization and The Gifts of the Jews, Thomas Cahill invites readers into an ancient world to commune with some of the most influential people who ever lived.

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