In this thought-provoking work, Mark Tully travels widely, from Egypt to India and the holy cities of Rome and Jerusalem, and to the remote, beautiful fills of Galilee, on his quest to unravel the myths and mysteries surrounding the figure of Jesus. So many interpretations of Jesus' life and death exist - both scholarly and religious - that it is difficult to know which are based on indisputable fact, and which are the result of hearsay. The relatively recent discoveries of the Dead Sea Scrolls and the Gospel of St Thomas have added to the theories that abound about Jesus' life and times. Mark Tully looks at Jesus' divinity, his social origins and political role and, through discussions with rabbis, priests, historians and religious thinkers, looks at Jesus' place in religions as diverse as Judaism and Christianity, Hinduism and Islam. He explores the traditions of history that have focused our beliefs, and examines contentious issues such as the Resurrection and the Virgin Birth, the Gospels and Jesus' own perception of his place on earth.