Jesus Dynasty The Hidden History of Jesus, His Royal Family, and the Birth of Christianity

ISBN-10: 074328724X

ISBN-13: 9780743287241

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Authors: James D. Tabor
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Description: The Jesus Dynastyoffers a startling new interpretation of the life of Jesus and the origins of Christianity that is grounded in careful analysis of the earliest Christian documents and recent archaeological discoveries, including the much-discussed "Jesus family tomb." InThe Jesus Dynasty, biblical scholar James Tabor brings us closer than ever to the historical Jesus. He explains the crucial relationship between Jesus, a royal descendant of David, and his relative John the Baptizer, a priestly descendant of Aaron and Jesus' teacher. When John was killed, several of his followers -- including Jesus' four brothers -- joined with Jesus, who continued John's mission, preaching the same apocalyptic message. After Jesus confronted the Roman authorities in Jerusalem and was crucified, his brother James succeeded him as the leader of the Jesus dynasty. James Tabor has studied the earliest surviving documents of Christianity for more than thirty years and has participated in important archaeological excavations in Israel. His reconstruction of the life of Jesus and his followers, and of the early years of Christianity, will change our understanding of one of the most crucial moments in history.

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Book details

List price: $17.00
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Publication date: 4/24/2007
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 400
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.364
Language: English

James D. Tabor is Chair of the Department of Religious Studies at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, where he has taught since 1989. He has previously held positions at the University of Notre Dame and the College of William and Mary. He is the author of several previous books, includingThe Jesus Dynasty.nbsp; His first book was a study of the mysticism of the apostle Paul titledThings Unutterable(1986), based on his University of Chicago dissertation. The prestigiousJournal of Religionnamed it one of the ten best scholarly studies on Paul of the 1980s.Dr. Tabor's current research involves the newly released Dead Sea Scrolls; a recent excavation in which he participated (2000-01) at a newly discovered cave outside Jerusalem, which yielded primitive Jewish-Christian art related to St. John the Baptist -- a discovery that drew international attention, including a cover story inNewsweek. In addition, Dr. Tabor is often consulted by the national media, and has appeared of has been quoted inTime, Newsweek, The New York Times, Los Angeles Times,ABC, CBS, and PBS "Frontline," among other outlets. He has also been featured in programs on A&E, The History Channel, Discovery Channel, and PBS.nbsp;He lives in Charlotte, NC.

Preface: Discovering the Jesus Dynasty
Introduction: A Tale of Two Tombs
In the Beginning Was the Family
A Virgin Shall Conceive
A Son of David?
An Unnamed Father of Jesus?
Children of a DifiFerent Father
Growing Up Jewish in Galilee
The Lost Years
A Kingdom of this World
The Religion of Jesus the Jew
A Great Revival and a Gathering Storm
Hearing the Voice
A Crucial Missing Year
Ushering in the Kingdom
Entering the Lion's Den
Herod Strikes
Last Days in Jerusalem
The King Is Dead
Dead but Twice Buried
Waiting for the Son of Man
Go to James the Just
The Challenge of Paul
The Legacy of the Jesus Dynasty
The End of the Age
Conclusion: Recovering Lost Treasures
Epilogue
Timeline of Major Events and Figures
Notes
Acknowledgments
Index
Photo Credits
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