Stephen J. Patterson is Associate Professor of New Testament at Eden Theological Seminary and author of The God of Jesus: The Historical Jesus and the Search for Meaning (Trinity Press).
"When Jesus was born, Augustus was Son of God. When Jesus was executed, Tiberius was Son of God. And the Kingdom of their God bestrode the Mediterranean like a colossus. But Jesus proclaimed the different Kingdom of a different God, and Christians proclaimed him as the different Son of that different God. Stephen Patterson's powerful book brilliantly explores that difference, that question of divine character, that question about The God of Jesus. Its strong, serene, and irenic tone compels us to recall the time when "Jesus Is Lord" was a statement of high treason. If it is such no longer, it asks forcibly, what exactly has changed?" John Dominic Crossan--Sanford Lakoff "This work should not be consigned to the theologians exclusively. Persons knowledgeable of the Holy Scriptures should give careful consideration to this work as a means of understanding the Historical Jesus and the Christ of History. Adult classes would do well to select this as a text for special weekly study beyond the Sunday School lesson. A truly valuable work!" Raymond B. Knudsen, Editor, The Counselor, June 7, 1998--Sanford Lakoff "Professional Counselor " "Patterson's liberal theological stance and the minimalist historical results of the Jesus Seminar are coordinated with grace and wisdom in this book." Edgar V. McKnight, Furman University, SC (Interpretation, Jan 99)--Sanford Lakoff "Interpretation " "This is an excellent book for anyone who wants to see the relevance of current Jesus research for theology. The running commentary on the Jesus Seminar alone is work the book's price." Fred W.--Sanford Lakoff "Religious Studies Review " "In this book, Steve Patterson brings together the two worlds in which he lives: the academy and the church. With great clarity and informative content, he combines the insights of contemporary Jesus scholarship with the perspective of a seminary professor committed to the life of the church." Marcus J. Borg--Sanford Lakoff "Very well written in a style that is clear and accessible to non-professional readers." Thomas E. Hosinski, Encounter.--Sanford Lakoff