In Search of Jesus of Nazareth and His Original Teaching

Author Paul A. Weekes new book.

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The Baptism of Jesus by John the Baptizer

This book discusses the two completely different accounts of the origin of “Jesus the Christ”, contained in the four canonical Gospels of the “New Testament”. Mark, the earliest Gospel, in its original form, asserts that a human Jesus received the Divine Spirit at his Baptism by John (his cousin the Baptizer). The later Gospel authors added/reiterated the description of Mary’s “Virgin Conception”, the birth of a Divine Jesus “Son of God”, and the “Resurrection” to return that supernatural being to the Father. It is interesting to note, that the later Gospel writers chose to retain/edit Mark’s Baptism event, even though it would seem to be unnecessary, if Jesus had a spotless soul and already possessed the Divine Spirit from birth. With Mark’s version, Resurrection is not required, since the Divine Spirit left his body, at Jesus’ death and his human remains were interred in a tomb, in accordance with 1st century Jewish tradition.

The Baptism of Jesus buy John the Baptizer
The Baptism of Jesus buy John the Baptizer
Kingdom of God young girl surrounded by various animals
Young girl surrounded by animals a lion. wolf, lamb, cow, sheep, leopard and goat representing the Kingdom of God

Kingdom Of God

The Kingdom of God is not a place, but a way of viewing the world. It is the direct experiencing of reality. The concept of a God that is both omnipresent and dominant underlies Jesus’ teaching in the Gospel of Thomas. There is no separation between God and the world. Everything is in and of God. Therefore, to comprehend reality directly is to enter the Kingdom of God, and to enter the Kingdom of God is to know God directly. In one of the most important passages in the Gospel, Jesus says:

“If your leaders tell you, “Look, the kingdom is in the sky,” then the birds of the heavens will precede you. If they say to you, “It’s in the sea,” then the fish will precede you. But the kingdom is inside you and it is outside you. When you know yourselves, then you will be known, and you will understand that you are the children of the living Father. But if you do not know yourselves, then you dwell in poverty and you are poverty” (Thomas 3).

Knowing Yourself

Knowing yourself means understanding your strengths and weaknesses, your passions and fears, your desires and dreams. It means being aware of your eccentricities and idiosyncrasies, your likes and dislikes, and your tolerances and limitations. Knowing yourself means knowing your current purpose in life.

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Excellent read for those interested in facts and evidence.This book is an excellent treatment of the evidence both in and outside of the bible that reveals a pretty good outline of the “Historical Jesus”. Of particular interest is the relationship of an early Christian symbol to Jesus’ advanced spiritual teaching about the “Kingdom of God”. Paul Weekes does a good job of pointing out the facts, while not personally ripping anyone else for their beliefs. Since I am not a scholar, but merely a layperson looking for answers, I appreciated the Appendix where he outlines the details and references of his research evidence. A great read that I have gone through multiple times.
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Amazon Customer
The author’s (Paul Weekes) discussion of the Kingdom of God stands out most to me from his book In Search of Jesus of Nazareth and His Original Teaching. His point that knowing yourself means identifying and understanding your God given gifts and talents is insightful. Additionally, using these gifts increases one’s life force for good contributes to the advancement of the of Kingdom of God (Love) on earth. In the movie Forest Gump, Forest’s mother summarized this philosophy of life in the following simple sentence of instruction to her son, “You have to do the best with what God gave you.”
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m. Brown
Loved it! Perfect if you're looking for a view of Jesus as a Historical and Spiritual figure separate from ministrations or a religious veil. SYNOPSIS Faith is very personal. Belief, by definition, is whatever an individual chooses to believe. The book “In Search of Jesus of Nazareth and His Original Teaching” chronicles the research and analysis leading to the formulation of my personal understanding of the Historical Jesus and his Teaching. I do not ask anyone to accept my conclusions, but rather to use the book as a guide in clarifying their own faith and belief. The book addresses: • The two completely different accounts of the origin of “Jesus the Christ”, contained in the four canonical Gospels of the “New Testament”. • The date and place of his birth. • His Father and Family members. • What happened after his death on the cross? • And most importantly, his advanced Spiritual teaching on "The Kingdom of God", that was understood by only a few of the Disciples. I always love to read books that aim to look at Jesus outside of the solely Christian lens. I love books that try to uncover who he truly was before man tainted his image and filled his words with judgment and hate, and so I was excited to delve into this book which the author kindly prefaced with writing that he doesn’t need readers to accept his conclusions, he just wants to share where research brought him. The books begins with: “Jesus of Nazareth declared that the same internal force that drove him was in every individual, and he called it “the Kingdom of God.”” - as a spiritual person, I always reference the Kingdom of God as the God-energy and the author, being a Scientist, also refers to this as energy (rather than a literal kingdom), so right off the bat, I’m interested to see where this is going. I had never heard of the ‘Three Faces of Jesus’ but was excited by the concept. Unfortunately, I thought by the description that this would be looking at just the ‘Spiritual’ face, but it begins with the ‘Historical face’ - I’m very interested by the tangible history of Yeshua. I was pleased to see this wasn’t another ‘make everyone Divine Christians’ book disguised as an ‘information on Jesus’ book. This was stressed with quotes like, “The divinity of Jesus is most likely a device of the later Gospel authors to elevate Jesus above the gods/prophets/ leaders of the other beliefs, from which they wished to gain converts.” I do believe the humanness of Jesus is no less important than his (potential, as I do believe) Divinity. I really love all the investigative trips the author makes to get specifics. He mentions he has a business background and that solutions are meant to be simple, and the way he lays out historical “facts” (I use quotations because there are many who may doubt them as fact), make figuring out Jesus seem really easy. When we get to the section speaking to the Spiritual Face of Jesus, the author prefaces it with: “ Unfortunately, 2,000 years of transcription errors, poor translations, editorializing, misattributions, and outright fabrications (Fake good News) have seriously clouded the record of Jesus’ spoken words.” -- I was glad to read this. I also loved this section. It is so approachable and not coated in the junk that often follows Jesus around. I know a lot of this book will be hated by By-The-Book Christians, but as a Spiritual individual who likes to learn more and improve her understanding of Jesus and his love-centered spiritual leadership, I appreciated this book a lot. At just 20 pages (because the other thirty are references - speaking directly to the amount of research that went into this - and I’m super grateful for those as well as they contain endless valuable information), it was a super quick and easy read despite being written like an academic paper (which makes it a bit cold at times). I feel lucky to have stumbled upon this. Claudia Amendola ​
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Claudia Amendola
In Search of Jesus of Nazareth and His Original Teaching is a book that seeks to analyze and explain three different aspects of Jesus. Paul A. Weekes goes about this by defining the three faces of Jesus. They are the Theological (defined by various Christian teachings and theologies), Historical (from historical and archeological finds and records, such as Jesus’s tomb), and Spiritual Jesus (from the usual spiritual and religious teachings). Paul explains and backs up these concepts by analyzing the writings of various gospel verses and teachings. He focuses on the Gospels of John, Mark, Thomas, and Mary Magdalene. Further, Paul compares the Gospels of Mark, Luke, and Mathew, to deduce their meaning and implication in relation to the divinity of Jesus, for example, the baptism. Did Jesus receive the Spirit only at his baptism, or was he divine right from birth? The Gospel of Thomas is a Coptic papyrus manuscript discovered in 1945 at Nag Hammadi, Egypt. It reveals more about the lesser-known teachings of Jesus, the Kingdom of God, and achieving spiritual existence. The author begins by introducing his spiritual journey and the thoughts behind this book. It contains detailed and relevant references and citations. This speaks positively of the book’s validity and accuracy of the provided information. The author also simplifies the writings and presents them in a light and informative way. In Search of Jesus of Nazareth and His Original Teaching is a guide to prompt one to think more about Jesus and biblical teachings. It is short enough to provide information and give one room to internalize and do more research. What I love most about this read are the pictures that accompany the texts. They act as visual aids to help one understand the texts and adds more life to the book. Additionally, the photos have color, making the writing more appealing. There is nothing I dislike about the read; it is for curious and open-minded individuals. However, I did note that the book contains many blank pages, which I think are unnecessary and unsustainable, especially in hard copy format. The book is professionally edited, and I did not find any errors. The language employed is simple and free of any profanities. Additionally, there are no sexual or sensitive descriptions within the read. In Search of Jesus of Nazareth and His Original Teaching further provides the full texts written by Thomas and Mary Magdalene. It also has notes like the definition and significance of the Eye of Horus. I, therefore, give it a rating of 4 out of 4 stars. I recommend this short read to anyone with the urge to know more about the aspects of Jesus and the Gospel teachings.
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