Humphrey Carpenter is best known for his biography of JRR Tolkien and his study of CS Lewis and friends in 'The Inklings'. He here turns historian, and in this short book assesses the life and works of Jesus Christ (for the Oxford University Press, and the old Fontana Past Masters series). The frontispiece claims that he presents it without 'religious preconceptions', an impossibility, but all things considered he does well. He covers the reliability of the sources, Jesus' origins, the background of the Law, who he claimed to be, his kingdom, and the spread of his message.
This report prepared by Michael JR Jose