Historical Jesus An Essential Guide

ISBN-10: 0687021677

ISBN-13: 9780687021673

Edition: 2008

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Description: Recent years have seen an explosion of talk about the Historical Jesus from scholarly settings as well as media outlets (including sensational TV documentaries and national magazines). How is the student of the Bible to assess these various claims about Jesus? And what differences do his time and place make for Christian faith, theological thinking, and historical research? Charlesworth presents the solid results of modern study into the life and times of Jesus, especially the role of the Essenes, the significance of the Dead Sea Scrolls, Messianic expectation, and much more. No one today is better equipped than James Charlesworth to lead students through the thickets of controversy that surround much of contemporary Historical Jesus research. This Abingdon Essential Guide will fulfill the need for a brief, substantive, yet highly accessible introduction to this core area of New Testament Studies. Drawing on the best in current scholarship, written with the need of students foremost in mind, addressed to learners in a number of contexts, this Essential Guide will be the first choice of those who wish to acquaint themselves or their students with the broad scope of issues, perspectives, and subject matters relating to modern quests for the Historical Jesus. It will also be a preferred text for those who need or want to refresh their knowledge regarding the context within which Jesus lived in preparation for leading church discussion groups in studies of the Gospels.

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List price: $19.99
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: Abingdon Press
Publication date: 1/1/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 131
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.506
Language: English

Preface
Abbreviations
Introduction
Why is Jesus Research necessary?
How is Jesus Research possible?
No Quest, the Old Quest, the New Quest, and Jesus Research (Third Quest)
When did the study of the historical Jesus begin, and what has been learned?
Is it important to distinguish between what Jesus said and what the Evangelists reported?
Jesus Research and How to Obtain Reliable Information
What are the best methods for discerning traditions that originate with Jesus?
Sources, Especially Josephus
Do reports about Jesus exist outside the New Testament?
Are the Gospels objective biographies?
The Judaism of Jesus
Was Jesus not the first Christian?
Was Jesus an Essene, Pharisee, Zealot, or Sadducee?
Jesus' Birth and Youth
When and where was Jesus born?
Is there historicity in the virgin birth, and did some judge Jesus to be a mamzer?
Did Jesus travel to a foreign land to obtain wisdom and the powers of healing, or did he live with Essenes to obtain these powers?
Is there any reliable history in the noncanonical gospels that helps us understand Jesus' youth?
Jesus, John the Baptizer, and Jesus' Early Public Life
Was John the Baptizer Jesus' teacher?
Was Jesus married to Mary Magdalene?
Did Jesus perform miracles?
Jesus and Archaeology
How and in what significant ways is archaeology important for Jesus Research?
What are the most important archaeological discoveries for Jesus Research?
Was Jesus a peasant?
Jesus' Proclamation of God's Rule (the Kingdom of God) and His Parables
What was Jesus' fundamental message?
When did Jesus imagine God would inaugurate his Rule?
What term did Jesus use for God?
Jesus' Crucifixion and Resurrection
What led to Jesus' confrontation with some of the leading priests?
Who crucified Jesus and why?
Has Jesus' bone box (ossuary) been recovered?
If Jesus' bones have been discovered, is resurrection faith possible?
Did Jesus rise from the dead?
Conclusion
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