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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.
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Plot & Themes

job/profession:    -   religious figure Job/profession/poverty story    -   Yes Period of greatest activity?    -   ancient times

Subject of Biography

Gender    -   Male Profession/status:    -   religious figure Ethnicity    -   Jew Unusual characteristics:    -   Genius


Asia/Pacific    -   Yes Asian country:    -   Israel Century:    -   distant past

Writing Style

Book makes you feel?    -   thoughtful How much dialogue in bio?    -   little dialog How much of bio focuses on most famous period of life?    -   76%-100% of book

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