A Hitchhiker's Guide to Jesus offers a fresh and imaginative approach to Jesus studies and biblical criticism, providing a gripping fictional account of one student's journey to the Middle East to investigate the New Testament and the life of Jesus for himself.
Norm, a fictional college graduate, undertakes this journey to discover if he can study Jesus and follow him at the same time, and if curiosity will make him a better disciple or no disciple at all. As Norm hitchhikes simultaneously across the Gospels and the land, readers follow his faith journey as well, wondering if he will be able to reconcile his Christian faith with current critical scholarship. A Hitchhiker's Guide to Jesus offers readers a creative and engaging way to explore many of the major questions in Jesus studies today and affirms the importance of asking probing questions about Jesus and the Gospels.
The book's lavish, journal-style, two-color interior design--featuring maps, photos, doodles, sketches, and email exchanges between Norm and his professor--makes it interesting to read. Its classroom-tested material will appeal to professors and students in Jesus, Gospels, New Testament, and religion courses. In addition, thoughtful lay readers will enjoy this book.
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Embraces questions without abandoning faith
Date:January 23, 2012
Brian in Canada
This book is a well-written, imaginative exploration of who Jesus was. It is written from the perspective of a student who has encountered the skeptical side of biblical criticism and is eager to find out whether the faith he had as a child was real. There are some poignant moments of realization in this book, where Fisk, through his character, sees that not all questions need to be answered in order for faith to endure. The difficult questions are not shied away from, and result is a book that allows for some things to be unanswered as we wrestle with God in our faith.