Book Review: The Silent Years
"The Silent Years" is a misnomer. The majority of the pages discuss the life of Jesus within the timeline of the New Testament gospels. Green does, however, attempt to fill in some gaps around the origins of Jesus' relationships with his disciples (including the women who supported His ministry).
While Green does an adequate job of addressing the humanity of Christ, he takes it to an extreme that I believe to be theologically inaccurate. Scripture specifically states that Jesus was without sin; Green tells of Jesus repenting of sinful thoughts. Additionally, Green takes liberties with Jesus’ time of temptation in the desert, playing out the scenario in a different way than the gospel of John does.
Overall, I would say Green tells an interesting, although fictional, account of the life of Jesus. The book is worthwhile only if read as fiction rather than fact, much like a reading of Dan Brown’s "The DaVinci Code". Facts and fiction are so intertwined that they often seem one in the same. Readers beware. Both books are great discussion starters, but not fully historically accurate.
Posted at 04:03 pm by bayski