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Conclusion There’s not much to add here, really, having gone through the volume as it leads up to this summary- everything has already been noted. If I were to make any suggestions regarding reading the book at hand and getting the most out of it I would recommend that readers begin here, at the conclusion. Here the whole is set out and the 7 chapters comprising the volume flesh it out fully. Here in the conclusion is the skeleton of the argument- there in the chapters the flesh, sinew, veins, and organs. Finally, and even though I’ve said it a number of times already, I recommend that those engaged in study of the Historical Jesus add this volume to their collections. It is stunning in its profundity and unsurpassed in its novelty of approach. And though novelty isn’t usually something to be desired if it’s just for novelty’s sake (and we all have to admit that such is too often the case), in this instance novelty indicates a new way through the maze of Jesus studies where we finally emerge at the exit and see the light. Or to say it more poetically, we’ve been in the cave of the quest for the Historical Jesus so long that the shadows cast on the wall called ‘the life of Jesus’ as scholars, questers, have reconstructed it have actually been what we believed to be the real thing. Foolishly we believed them and their shadows. But now we’re shown the light of day and the form has become substance. We have Mauro Pesce and Adriana Destro to thank for leading us by the hand out of that cave.
Jim West Quartz Hill School of Theology