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Book Review: “How Jesus Became Christian” – Barrie Wilson

Review by: Rev. Tony Costa

Professor Barrie Wilson from York University published a new book entitled “How Jesus Became Christian”. Wilson converted to Judaism when he married his Jewish wife 32 years ago. He admits that his book will get a few people excited but he does not see it as a negative book at all. Of course, those whom Wilson expects to excite are Christians, why would anyone else be upset about what a university professor writes about Jesus?

Christianity has become an easy target for many who wish to make monetary profit. One need only remember Dan Brown’s ‘The Da Vinci Code’ to recall that as long as someone writes something controversial about one of the most controversial figures in history like Jesus of Nazareth one can make considerable financial profits. The person of Jesus continues to provoke controversy and debate and one of the reasons I think is because Jesus is irreducible. He is very complex and cannot be reduced to merely a good man, a good rabbi, a prophet, which interestingly Wilson in his book reduces him to. Jesus’ question, “Who do people say the Son of Man is?” (Matthew 16:13) continues to be asked today. The only satisfactory answer to that question is that given in Scripture, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God” (Matthew. 16:16), anything short of this is to deny the biblical Jesus…

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