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While this is primarily a book for Catholic readers in view of the standing of the author as an eminent French Catholic theologian, the English and the American publishers have combined in a decision to substitute the King James text, where the Douay translation is used in the original. Further than that it would be difficult to draw the line between Catholic and Protestant market for this reverent treatment of the life and times of Jesus. The Biblical account as interpreted in the traditional and orthodox Christian faith is followed. Difficulties and discrepancies in the Gospel accounts are explained but always on the supposition that ""Jesus is a mystery, the mystery of God incarnate. Jesus is God made flesh; if this is accepted, evething else is clear"". (Which goes beyond the acceptance of some of the denominations.) The author makes his greatest contribution through his interpretation of the events and teachings revealed in the Gospels in terms of contemporary history and customs, for he shows himself to be a close student of the historical, religious and cultural background of the New Testament. He follows the Johannine chronology in general but goes further than any other New Testament scholar in giving specific dates for outstanding events. Thus the feeding of the 500 is dated April 29, 26 AD; the Transfiguration, August 9, 28 AD. In these and many other points many will feel the author has clarified the ""mystery"" of Jesus' life all too easily.

Pub Date: Sept. 20th, 1954
Publisher: Dutton