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Desire of the Everlasting Hills: The World Before and After Jesus (Hinges of History, Bk 3)
Desire of the Everlasting Hills The World Before and After Jesus - Hinges of History, Bk 3
Author: Thomas Cahill
In Desire of the Everlasting Hills, Thomas Cahill takes up his most daring and provocative subject yet: Jesus of Nazareth, the central figure of Western civilization. — Introducing us first to "the people Jesus knew," Thomas Cahill describes the oppressive Roman political presence, the pervasive Greek cultural influence, and espe...  more »
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ISBN-13: 9780385482516
ISBN-10: 0385482515
Publication Date: 11/2/1999
Pages: 368
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3.4 stars, based on 12 ratings
Publisher: Nan A. Talese
Book Type: Hardcover
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shukween avatar reviewed Desire of the Everlasting Hills: The World Before and After Jesus (Hinges of History, Bk 3) on + 118 more book reviews
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Cahill offers us a unique perspective on the context of the times in which all of the Bible stories which we are each familiar with would have happened---his research, and especial ability to translate the ancient languages firsthand, bring to this book a real picture of what life then would have been like. I found myself expanding my horizons and understandings of the contexts in which the 4 New Testament gospels were written, and the view that the ancients would have held on the Old Testament books. Very enlightening--a recommended read whether one's interst is historical only, or historical and religious.
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elizardbreath avatar reviewed Desire of the Everlasting Hills: The World Before and After Jesus (Hinges of History, Bk 3) on + 13 more book reviews
I found very little redeeming about this book and finally abandoned it about 2/3 through.

The author has a very secular understanding of the Bible and Jewish history. He misses half the point, the whole point, and all of the beauty most of the time. His chapters on the life of Jesus were full of mocking untruths and misunderstandings. I get the overall impression that this author calls himself a "Christian" but I'd love to read something like this from an actual whole Bible believer.

Even taking into consideration his odd sense of humor (at one point I wrote in my notes: "it takes a bit to get his humor. I think I'm probably more sensitive than I should be with some of his points.") his very skewed interpretation of the impact of Jesus and the Bible makes this book extremely disappointing. In fact, looking over his biography, this is the perfect of someone who hears the word, studies the word, (paid good, good money to learn the Hebrew Bible even), but completely misses the message.

I often wondered, "is he actually a respected historian?" (He describes martyrdom as a genre of mythology.) I couldn't get past the screwy interpretations that Paul and the first century church were not encouraging their followers to follow Torah. The author misunderstands, misinterprets, and misrepresents Torah throughout. It takes more than big words and reputation to make a scholar. This one can't get his own theology straight, saying on one page that 2 Timothy couldn't possibly have been written by Paul but on the next page encouraging us to imagine Paul âthinking, as he wrote in Second Timothyâ¦â. Ok then.

He relegates Revelation to a silly fun mystery story written by a bored John in exile. He cracks the 666 code for us (oh thank you, wise scholar!) and explains (with a "big duh!!! mentality) that it merely refers to Nero. News flash: 666 using gematria also works for several phrases including the name Barak Obama, Prince Arthur, Thomas Cruise, and "This is a Hoax". When whoever this person is is actually revealed, this passage will be made clear, just as the ones about the delivery of the mark of the beast or the fact that the whole world will look on the dead witnesses were made more understandable once technology caught up and revealed possible scenarios.

The nonsense probably didn't stop there, but that's where I stopped. I can't stomach this "scholarly" misrepresented garbage. I'd encourage potential readers to save time and do their own research. Much of what he talks about is common knowledge of history---this book was more about furthering the enemy's secular agenda disguised as modern day Christianity.
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Book 3 of the "Hinges of History" series. Cahill continues his extraordinary approach to history and the beginnings of Christianity.


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