An inspirational novel that creates a Jesus relevant for all times and places
Have you ever wondered about Nazareth as a place to live in the first century? How about Jesus the miracle worker: how did he do the great deeds reported of him in the New Testament? A Man Called Jesus answers those questions and more. It recreates Jesus as a Jew in contrast to the first Christian of the early church. It is a novel that makes one central assumption about the historical Jesus. He was a man all about love. In doing so, it creates a Jesus that is relevant for all times and places.
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In his inspirational novel, A Man Called Jesus, author, Dr. Rick Herrick, presents a Jesus with irresistible compassion who is deeply infused with God’s love. As a preacher over four decades, I would often comment in sermons: “It’s all about the love.” In his novel, Herrick gives us a glimpse of Jesus where—indeed—it is all about the love. A Man Called Jesus is about living lives transformed by love. With this message running through the novel, there is a sweetness that draws us in. And once drawn in, the love of this Jesus transforms us as well.
— Rev. Dr. Jeffrey E. Frantz, author of The God You Didn’t Know You Could Believe In
Five stars go to the thirty pages of insightful commentary author Rick Herrick has added to his revised novelistic life of Jesus. This new edition is a must-read even for those who read the earlier book. Steeped in New Testament scholarship and a deep understanding and love of the gospel stories, novelist and scholar Herrick offers powerful arguments dismantling the historical possibility of the Virgin Birth, Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem, his trials before the Sanhedrin and Pilate, his burial, and –with greatest persuasion—his physical Resurrection.
— Dr. Frank Bergon, Professor Emeritus Vassar College, author of Jesse’s Ghost
A realistic look at history’s most influential man. Raised an Episcopalian, I have heard the gospel stories often and simply accepted them as fact without much further thought. Herrick’s opening scene provoked me, and once I settled back, I was engrossed in a book about a man, the burdens he carried, and the simple message of love he tried to convey. Herrick’s depiction of Jesus’ death, stripped of its embellishments that have developed with time, still haunts me. A scholar in the New Testament, Herrick includes Author Comments and Notes that helped me to reconcile Jesus the man with Jesus the Son of God. After reading Herrick’s book, I have a richer understanding of this man who I have heard so much about all of my life. An easy read, and pondering the questions in the Reader’s Guide will enrich you further.
— Alfred Woollacott, author of The Immigrant and The Believers
About the Author:
Rick Herrick has a PhD from Tulane University, is a former tenured university professor and magazine editor, and is the author of four published novels and two works of nonfiction. His musical play, Lighthouse Point, was performed as a fundraiser for the Martha’s Vineyard Museum in 2013.
Dr. Rick Herrick
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