True first edition of this seminal classic on the life of Jesus, which caused an immediate scandal when it appeared. Rare with the original wrappers. Renan's masterpiece constitutes the first attempt to write a biography of Jesus the man and strongly puts forth the notion that the Bible too can be subject to historical investigation and critical scrutiny. The 1 full page original handwritten and signed E.
Renan letter is dated August is about a certain Mr. Bambal, who, Renan writes, has left made a very good impression on him and has been a great help during his candidacee. He praises him as an intlligent man.
Renan furthermore mentions a book that he wishes to give to the brother of the addressee of the letter. The work enraged the Roman Catholic Church but was an immediate success in most of Europe. It is Renan's approach to the subject and his beautiful prose that gave it lasting eminence.
This groundbreaking work analyses the personality of the man Jesus, -a figure created by Renan out of his mind, but based on historical sources. In this great work it seems clear that the audience he has found was the one he sought: the general reading public rather than the limited coterie of scholars; and there is no doubt of the fact or the degree of his success.
Apart from causing a world-wide scandal, the work was also a world-wide success, and no matter how many harsh words can be said about the historical and religious contents of the work, there is no doubt about the fact that it influenced the destiny of Catholicism decisively and that it is a masterpiece of 19th century French literature. It is very elegantly written and is renowned for its description of the historical setting, charming descriptions of sceneries, its penetrating psychological analysis and its overall style and class.
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Ernest Renan was a French philologist, philosopher and historian. His father died when he was aged five, and his mother wanted him to become a priest. Until he was about 16 years old, he was trained by the Church, but due to his investigative and truth-seeking nature as well as his studies e.
Hebrew , he was in doubt as to the historical truth of the Scriptures, and with the help of his sister he chose his own path in life.
In he was elected for the Academy. Other Editions 7. Friend Reviews. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. Lists with This Book.
This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Community Reviews. Showing Rating details. Sort order. Nov 08, Krysztina rated it really liked it Shelves: non-fiction , classics , religion. Taxil doesn't follow the New Testament verse by verse the way like he did in La Bible amusante for the Old Testament, but he still points out enough contradictions and inaccuracies to destroy, once and for all, any pretense of historical accuracy or verifiable truth in this one of many self-proclaimed holy books.
Simply brilliant. Everyone should read this.
There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Taxil first became known for writing anti-Catholic books, notably La Bible amusante The Amusing Bible and La Vie de Jesus The Life of Jesus in which Taxil satirically pointed out what he considered to be inconsistencies, errors, and false beliefs presented in these religious works.
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