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John Meier on Jesus

A Marginal Jew: Rethinking the Historical Jesus 1. The Roots of the Problem and the Person (New York: Doubleday, 1992)

A tweedy poetaster who spent his time spinning out parables and Japanese koans, a literary aesthete who toyed with 1st-century deconstructionism, or a bland Jesus who simply told people to look at the lilies of the field — such a Jesus would threaten no one, just as the university professors who create him threaten no one.