Skip to main content

Snapshot of Jesus: Geza Vermes

Geza Vermes accurately links Jesus with outcasts. 
Geza Vermes sees that Jesus befriended prostitutes and the poor. 
Geza Vermes also believes that Jesus expected 
the imminent coming of the realm or kingdom of Abba 
(his Father, our father).

Where I think I may differ from Geza Vermes 
is in his assumption about an inbreaking kingdom. 
I would argue that that realm is here within each person on the planet, 
waiting to be activated by the gospel Jesus is said to have proclaimed in Mark 1.
That gospel was simple and direct and doable. 
1. Repentance 
2. Belief in the presence and availability of Abba.

I would infer, as well, practice of a way of life 
involving daily use of the Lord's Prayer. 
And active promotion of values redolent of Jesus 
to counteract the value system of much of the world.
These may be inferred to be
tolerance democracy helpfulness
and non-idolatry

More on Geza Vermes

An earlier version of this was published at Yahoo Voices 
and has been removed.


My Kindle Store Books

Popular posts from this blog

Etc.

"Sto Perigiali" One of the Surpassingly Best Tunes Theodorakis Has Written

A Setting for a Poem "Denial" Beloved by the Greek People by the Nobel Prize Winning Poet Giorgos Seferis

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dhk0ckaCxDI
The remarkable video at the link above is of a performance of "Sto perigiali" Mario Frangoulis and Mikis Theodorakis in 2001.

Frangoulis and Theodorakis are joined by musicians, including two bouzouki players, and a very large audience that is completely familiar with the words. The audience joins in at Frangoulis' prompt.

This is my very favorite Theodorakis melody. Those who know Theodorakis only for his "Zorba" music are in for a treat. When I was in Athens in 1966, for a short period of study with Constantinos Doxiadis, I knew nothing of Theodorakis. But about five years later, my friend Irene Vassos sang "Sto perigiali" to us. I have never gotten the tune out of my mind.

Later, when Irene joined our group to form a travelling company performing "New Rain", I learned to pick out a …

Obama Ads Should Be Grass Roots Cinema Verite

ShortFormContent at Blogger: How President Obama Can Win Christian Conservatives:

'via Blog this'

To counter the invidious efforts of Karl Rove and the Brothers Koch, simple videos of everyday people expressing gratitude for specific results from specific things that the President has achieved will create a signature response that will turn the tables on the Super PACs.

There could be an intro that flags lies distortions and anonymous attacks as unreal and even criminal and a cut to what is real, recognizable and not anonymous I am (name). I have lived here in (name) for (time). Thanks to (President Obama's (name) Act ... and so forth for ten seconds. Close with a continuation of the story narrated over evocative images and simple acoustic music.

This would be a fantastic way to counter the attacks on the President. For every specific attack, a video that shows the truth. And grass roots people who intend to vote for the President.




Charles Sanders Peirce - Thinking in Three…