Attention all you booklovers lovers out there! Starting May 6, CLC and Pastor Ralph will be hosting a book club on the first Thursday of every month from 6 to 7 PM. This first book club session will be on “The Shadow of the Galilean” by Gerd Theissen.     

Be on the lookout for more information soon on how to join the conversation as the date approaches. In the meantime, pick up your copy today and dig in- we look forward to seeing you there!

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The Shadow of the Galilean: The Quest of the Historical Jesus in Narrative Form

First published in 1987 by Fortress Press, this 20th anniversary edition of this classic bestseller includes a new Afterword from the author. Here, in narrative form, is an account of the activity of Jesus of Nazareth, scrupulously constructed so that it does not undercut the insights of New Testament scholarship. What makes it different from other such attempts is that Jesus never actually appears. What we find everywhere is his shadow, his effect.

Such an approach avoids the usual pitfalls of the genre and lends this story attributed to a fictitious narrator an attraction, freshness, and power all its own. Tension and interest are maintained to the end, even for those sated with books about Jesus. Careful documentation in the footnotes shows how much of the narrative is based on ancient sources.