Beyond Christian Folk Religion
Re-grafting into Our Roots (Romans 11:17-23)
Imprint: Resource Publications
"In a style both engaging and conversational, Beyond Christian Folk Religion attempts to show us there is a lot more going on with the story of Jesus than we generally imagine. . . . Beckstrom admits his observations and interpretations may be new and shocking to some readers. But the goal of the work is to give us all a fuller, richer, and--Beckstrom would argue--truer picture of Jesus Christ."
--Michael L. Rhyne, Pastor, Geeseytown-Newry Lutheran Parish
"In his thought-provoking new work, Ed Beckstrom maintains that the message of the early Christian movement has been profoundly redefined by the culture, values, and logic of the Hellenistic world. Drawing especially on late twentieth-century biblical studies and archeology, he encourages us to look behind Christian culture, of which we are inheritors, to the heart of the early church's proclamation of the crucified One."
--H. Julian Gordy, Bishop, ELCA Southeastern Synod
"In this book you will meet the Jesus of the first century, a man whom many have never encountered. The Jesus Beckstrom reveals will be for most people a very odd and foreign man who looks nothing like the Jesus they presently know. He will provoke you and he will surprise you, but in the end he is the man who gave his life for the sake of the world. I recommend this book to anyone who is a follower of Jesus; you will be challenged and you will come away with a new understanding of our Lord Jesus who is the Messiah."
--Randy Jones, Pastor, Messiah Lutheran Church