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Geza Vermes

The Changing Face of Jesus

Hay Festival 2000, 
Starting with John's gospel, and its wholly idealized and defied images of Jesus, Vermes then looks at Paul, whose first depiction of a redeemer figure is directed essentially at non-Jews. Another 'face' is seen through the acts of the Apostles, that of teh final prophet and the end of time. Finally, the synoptic gospels each paint their own portrait of a Galilean preacher, healer and exorcist.