Historical Jesus in Context

ISBN-10: 0691009929

ISBN-13: 9780691009926

Edition: 2006

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The Historical Jesus in Contextis a landmark collection that places the gospel narratives in their full literary, social, and archaeological context. More than twenty-five internationally recognized experts offer new translations and descriptions of a broad range of texts that shed new light on the Jesus of history, including pagan prayers and private inscriptions, miracle tales and martyrdoms, parables and fables, divorce decrees and imperial propaganda. The translated materials--from Christian, Coptic, and Jewish as well as Greek, Roman, and Egyptian texts--extend beyond single phrases to encompass the full context, thus allowing readers to locate Jesus in a broader cultural setting than is usually made available. This book demonstrates that only by knowing the world in which Jesus lived and taught can we fully understand him, his message, and the spread of the Gospel. Gathering in one place material that was previously available only in disparate sources, this formidable book provides innovative insight into matters no less grand than first-century Jewish and Gentile life, the composition of the Gospels, and Jesus himself.
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Book details

List price: $39.95
Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Publication date: 11/5/2006
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 456
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.386
Language: English

Considered by many to be the most learned scholar on the topic of Jesus Christ, John Dominic Crossan's adversaries question how he reconciles his Catholic faith with 20th century secular study. A former priest, Crossan is the author of The Essential Jesus: Original Sayings and Earliest Images, The Historical Jesus: The Life of a Mediterranean Jewish Peasant, Jesus: A Revolutionary Biography; The Birth of Christianity: Discovering What Happened in the Years Immediately After the Execution of Jesus, and The Cross That Spoke: The Origins of the Passion Narrative, among others.

Princeton Readings in Religions
Contributors
Acknowledgments
Introduction
Archaeological Contributions to the Study of Jesus and the Gospels
Josephus on John the Baptist and Other Jewish Prophets of Deliverance
Abba and Father: Imperial Theology in the Contexts of Jesus and the Gospels
Miraculous Conceptions and Births in Mediterranean Antiquity
First and Second Enoch: A Cry against Oppression and the Promise of Deliverance
Jesus and the Dead Sea Scrolls
The Chreia
The Galilean Charismatic and Rabbinic Piety: The Holy Man in the Talmudic Literature
Miracle Stories: The God Asclepius, the Pythagorean Philosophers, and the Roman Rulers
The Mithras Liturgy
Apuleius of Madauros
The Parable in the Hebrew Bible and Rabbinic Literature
The Aesop Tradition
Targum, Jesus, and the Gospels
The Psalms of Solomon
Moral and Ritual Purity
Gospel and Talmud
Philo of Alexandria
The Law of Roman Divorce in the Time of Christ
Associations in the Ancient World
Anointing Traditions
The Passover Haggadah
Joseph and Aseneth: Food as an Identity
The Pliny and Trajan Correspondence
Imitations of Greek Epic in the Gospels
Narratives of Noble Death
Isaiah 53:1-12 (Septuagint)
Thallus on the Crucifixion
Maps
Glossary
Index of Ancient Works
Index of Ancient Persons
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