A Serious Way of Wondering
The Ethics of Jesus Imagined
By Reynolds Price
(Scribner Book Company, Hardcover, 9780743230087, 160pp.)
Publication Date: May 1, 2003
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It was while teaching a university course on the Gospels of Mark and John that Price first explored the ancient idea of expanding upon the Gospel narratives with further encounters between Jesus and troubled persons. Price has previously documented his studies in "Three Gospels," a book in which he not only translated Mark and John from the Greek -- and discussed them extensively -- but also provided a third gospel of his own making. Price based the third gospel closely on the earliest sources but imagined his way into some of their baffling omissions. He continued those explorations when he wrote provocative new scenes for the cover story on Jesus in one of "Time" magazine's millennium issues.
Now, in this new book, Price offers a devoted and profoundly thought-provoking look at a subject that underlies vastareas of world civilization and has occupied the minds of many great thinkers. A sweeping view of the inescapable implications of Jesus' merciful life and all-embracing thought, and of the benefits of enlarging our notions of humane community, "A Serious Way of Wondering" is a significant contribution to Price's penetrating works of religious inquiry.