30Oct ‘My Story by Jesus of Nazareth’ – as narrated by Brendan Butler

My Story

by

Jesus of Nazareth

As narrated by Brendan Butler

Former President of Ireland, Dr. Mary McAleese and leading church historian and religion writer, John Cooney, have come together to recommend a new book on the life and death of Jesus Christ.

The book My Story by Jesus of Nazareth as narrated by Brendan Butler, adopts a unique format of presenting the two thousand years old events surrounding the life and crucifixion of Jesus of Nazareth in an autobiographical format.

This novel and riveting literary approach is the brain-child of Irish theologian and human rights campaigner, Brendan Butler.

“For the first time in 2000 years this is the inside story of the life and death of Jesus of Nazareth as told by himself,” enthuses John Cooney, former Religious Affairs Correspondent of the Irish Times and the Irish Independent.

“A brilliant idea executed with finesse by Brendan Butler”, the veteran writer adds. “This is a page-turning book which will truly change your understanding and appreciation of Christianity.”

Equally enthusiastically, ex-President, Dr. Mary McAleese, now a qualified canon lawyer and campaigner for a greater role for women in the Catholic Church, writes that “every generation needs to look at the story it has inherited about one of history’s most influential characters, Jesus of Nazareth.

“He is the subject of countless books, articles, poems, paintings, sculptures, music and of course speculation.” “Brendan Butler speculates here in order to open up an accessible debate on the relevance of Christ to contemporary debates. He makes an interesting case for retrieving Jesus from vested interests and layers of obscuring dust.”

The Author

Brendan Butler graduated from NUIG and from the Antonianum University, Rome with a degree in Theology. He taught as a Secondary School Teacher specialising in Religious Education for forty years.

He founded Irish solidarity groups for El Salvador and Algeria. He was one of the three organisers of the February 2003 protest against the invasion of Iraq which brought 100,000 people onto the streets of Dublin.

He helped to revive the ‘We Are Church Ireland’ movement for the reform of the Catholic Church and was its spokesperson for many years.

He kept up-to-date throughout his career in the Biblical search for the historical Jesus of Nazareth. This interest led him to write this book based on the most up-to-date biblical research in the quest for the historical Jesus of Nazareth and he hopes it will lead to a discussion on the relevance of the historical Jesus of Nazareth to contemporary society.

Brendan self published this book and it can be purchased for €10 from

http://www.mystorybyjesusofnazareth.org

Further information:
Brendan Butler 086 4054984

4 Responses

  1. Phil+Dunne

    A very refreshing read that has given me much food for thought.

  2. Eddie+Finnegan

    We all know that it was Irish Mothers who really had all those vocations. But this phenomenon of ordination, or even deification, by proxy may long precede Monica and Augustine, or Conchessa and Patrick. I look forward to reading Jesus’s own story and his take on the Protoevangelium, untrammelled by the nets of those “vested interests” of which Dr Mary McAleese speaks. I wonder whether this autobiography had its genesis in later Dead Sea Scrolls such as the Binitarian Fragment below:

    ‘Said Mary, to coax her son Jesus,
    “So, when will you publish our thesis?
    It’ll trash that canÓn –
    Synoptics and John –
    OUR Gospel with yr own exegesis!”‘

  3. Brendan Butler

    Eddie,
    Maybe you should read the book with an open mind before judging its contents or its genesis.

  4. Eddie+Finnegan

    As I said, Brendan, I look forward to reading Jesus’ story, guided by Ireland’s best known Canon Lawyer, backed up by a religious correspondent and biographer. I can’t say fairer than that. I must be allowed to wonder, if my mind is at all open. Otherwise I mightn’t be tempted to part with my tenner. No such thing as bad publicity.


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