A couple friends and I are reading books on Jesus this year. Our first is Thich Nhat Hanh’s Living Buddha, Living Christ.

We may also read the Jewish Gnostic/literary scholar Harold Bloom, who has this to say: “Jesus was the greatest of Jewish geniuses. It is as though the Yahwist or J Writer somehow was fused with King David, with the prophets from Amos through Malachi, with the Wisdom authors of Job and Koheleth (Ecclesiastes), with the sages from Hillel through Akiba, and with the long sequence that goes from Maimonides through Spinoza on to Freud and Kafka. Jesus is the Jewish Socrates, and surpasses Plato’s mentor as the supreme master of dark wisdom.”

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