Scandalizing Jesus: Kazantzakiss the Last Temptation of Christ Fifty Years on Darren J. N. Middleton

ISBN: 9780826416063

Published: November 1st 2005

Hardcover

265 pages


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Scandalizing Jesus: Kazantzakiss the Last Temptation of Christ Fifty Years on  by  Darren J. N. Middleton

Scandalizing Jesus: Kazantzakiss the Last Temptation of Christ Fifty Years on by Darren J. N. Middleton
November 1st 2005 | Hardcover | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, AUDIO, mp3, ZIP | 265 pages | ISBN: 9780826416063 | 10.63 Mb

2005 marks the fiftieth anniversary of Nikos Kazantzakis The Last Temptation of Christ. Since Kazantzakis ranks as one of the twentieth centurys most important European writers, and given that this particular work of his has garnered so muchMore2005 marks the fiftieth anniversary of Nikos Kazantzakis The Last Temptation of Christ.

Since Kazantzakis ranks as one of the twentieth centurys most important European writers, and given that this particular work of his has garnered so much publicity, this collection of essays re-assesses the novel, though not forgetting the movie, in light of one half centurys worth of criticism and reception history.

Clergy and laity alike have denounced this novel. When it first appeared, the Greek Orthodox Church condemned it, the Vatican placed it on its Index of Forbidden Texts, and conservative-evangelicals around the world protested its allegedly blasphemous portrayal of a human, struggling Messiah who succumbs to the devils final snare while on the Cross: the temptation to happiness.

Assuredly, the sentiments surrounding this novel, at least in the first thirty years or so, were very strong.



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