Jesus the Son of Man: His Words and His Deeds as Told and Recorded by Those Who Knew Him (Kahlil Gibran Pocket Library)
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Here Jesus is portrayed through the words of 77 contemporaries who knew him - enemies and friends: Syrians, Romans, Jews, priests, and poets. This edition restores the original format with 2 paintings and 12 drawings.
From the Hardcover edition.
heard Saul of Tarsus preaching the Christ unto the Jews of this city. He calls himself Paul now, the apostle to the Gentiles. I knew him in my youth, and in those days he persecuted the friends of the Nazarene. Well do I remember his satisfaction when his fellows stoned the radiant youth called Stephen. This Paul is indeed a strange man. His soul is not the soul of a free man. At times he seems like an animal in the forest, hunted and wounded, seeking a cave wherein he would hide his pain
that would descend to refresh the earth. But when I stood before Him and spoke to Him, He was a man, and His face was powerful to behold. And He said to me, “What would you, Miriam?” I did not answer Him, but my wings enfolded my secret, and I was made warm. And because I could bear His light no more, I turned and walked away, but not in shame. I was only shy, and I would be alone, with His fingers upon the strings of my heart. JOTHAM OF NAZARETH TO A ROMAN MY FRIEND, YOU like all other
spoke to Him with the voice of the Father, and in solitude He heard the angel of the Lord calling to Him. And when He stilled Himself to sleep He heard the whispering of the heavens in His dreams. He was often happy with us, and He would call us brothers. Behold, He who was the first Word called us brothers, though we were but syllables uttered yesterday. You ask why I call Him the first Word. Listen, and I will answer: In the beginning God moved in space, and out of His measureless stirring
was loud and ear-splitting when He spoke the bastard language of the lowborn and the vulgar. What else was there for me but to decree His death? Am I not a guardian of the temple? Am I not a keeper of the law? Could I have turned my back on Him, saying in all tranquillity: “He is a madman among madmen. Let Him alone to exhaust Himself raving; for the mad and the crazed and those possessed with devils shall be naught in the path of Israel”? Could I have been deaf unto Him when He called us
Jesus left us and walked by Himself in the olive grove. And I watched Him while the others slept. He would suddenly stand still, and again He would walk up and down. This He did many times. Then I saw Him lift His face towards the sky and outstretch His arms to east and west. Once He had said, “Heaven and earth, and hell too, are of man.” And now I remembered His saying, and I knew that He who was pacing the olive grove was heaven made man; and I bethought me that the womb of the earth is not