The Hidden Jesus by Donald Spoto

The Hidden Jesus by Donald Spoto

The Hidden Jesus by Donald Spoto

a book review by Julie Pohlman

Donald Spoto, author of The Hidden Jesus was born in 1941.  He is a noted biographer and theologian who was educated as a priest but left the priesthood after 20 years to be able to expand his writing sphere.  He has written 20 biographies of well known people from St. Francis of Assisi to Jackie Kennedy Onassis to Alfred Hitchcock.

The Hidden Jesus is a biography built on the historical facts of Jesus’ life and is told in the context of the times and culture in which he lived. It is very helpful in trying to understand Jesus as a man, as well as whom Jesus was after his death.  It’s reverent and hopeful– not about dogma, but richly insightful if you are looking for new understandings. In particular, there are chapters covering ethics and morality through both the life and gospels of Jesus (as perceived by Spoto) that are most enlightening.   At times the book is a little difficult to follow, but well worth the read.   I highly recommend it.

The Hidden Jesus can be found in the Comparative Religions section of the library.