TLet’s say a Russian Orthodox priest murdered two decades ago—by the KGB, by an aggressor? — in a mysterious way: Alexandre Men speaks of a Jesus as a spiritual teacher, to whom nothing escapes everyday life, but alien to the “sick euphoria” of some religious founders. Let’s join an American Jesuit priest, who follows marginalized groups and communities of LGBT believers: James Martin takes a journey through the Holy Land to discover a Jesus himself itinerant preacher. Or an English Methodist Protestant pastor, prolific writer, and one of the best known authors today in biblical interpretation: James DG Dunn admits that Jesus may not have seen himself as a child of God, but that this claim was central already in early Christianity. What portrait of Jesus can come out of here?…
Let’s look at the art of a 100-year-old Russian painter, who is perhaps the one who gives us a more likely image of Jesus: even so, the painting by Vasily Dmitrévitch Polénov (1844-1927) is far from the “spiritual force that emanates from the gospels” , writes Alexandre Men (1935-1990) in the book “Jésus, le Maître de Nazareth” (“Jesus, the Master of Nazareth”, ed. Nouvelle Cité, which bears the subtitle “A life of Jesus for the man of today”) . Or the narrative and poetic approach of a Portuguese cardinal: José Tolentino Mendonça speaks of loss and encounter as dimensions that accompany the mysteries of Jesus’ identity. And that Jesus can get out of here?
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