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Jesus Outside the New Testament An Introduction to the Ancient Evidence

ISBN-10: 0802843689
ISBN-13: 9780802843685
Edition: 2000
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Book details

List price: $32.00
Copyright year: 2000
Publisher: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company
Publication date: 4/13/2000
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 262
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.210

Dr. Robert E. Van Voorst, Professor of New Testament Studies at Western Theological Seminary in Holland, Michigan, and former professor of religion at Lycoming College in Williamsport, Pennsylvania, has written frequently on religious studies in noted journals and reference works. In addition, he has authored numerous books, including six with Cengage Learning: RELG: WORLD, 2nd Edition; READINGS IN CHRISTIANITY, 3rd Edition; ANTHOLOGY OF WORLD SCRIPTURES, 8th Edition; ANTHOLOGY OF WORLD SCRIPTURES: EASTERN RELIGIONS; ANTHOLOGY OF WORLD SCRIPTURES: WESTERN RELIGIONS; and READING THE NEW TESTAMENT TODAY, now also in a Chinese version. Other books by Van Voorst include BUILDING YOUR NEW TESTAMENT GREEK VOCABULARY, 3rd Edition; THE ASCENTS OF JAMES, a recovery and commentary on a second-century Jewish-Christian document; and JESUS OUTSIDE THE NEW TESTAMENT, an examination of traditions about Jesus from ancient classical and Jewish documents, now also in Italian.

Preface and Acknowledgments
Abbreviations
The Study of Jesus Outside the New Testament
A Brief History of Research
Did Jesus Really Exist?
The Plan of the Present Work
Jesus in Classical Writings
Thallos: The Eclipse at Jesus' Death
Pliny the Younger: The Christ of Christian Worship
Suetonius: The Instigator Chrestus
Tacitus: The Executed Christ
Mara bar Serapion: The Wise Jewish King
Lucian of Samosata: The Crucified Sophist
Celsus: Christ the Magician
Conclusions
Jesus in Jewish Writings
Is Jesus Mentioned in the Dead Sea Scrolls?
Josephus: Jesus, a Wise Man Called the Christ
The Rabbinic Tradition: Jesus the Magician and Deceiver
The Toledot Yeshu: How Ancient a Polemic against Jesus?
Conclusions
Jesus in the Sources of the Canonical Gospels
L: Jesus, the Powerful Teacher and Healer
The Special Material of Matthew: An M Source on Jesus?
The Signs Source of the Fourth Gospel: Jesus the Messiah
Q: Jesus, the Agent of the Kingdom of God
Conclusions
Jesus in Christian Writings after the New Testament
The Agrapha: Scattered Sayings of Jesus
The Nag Hammadi Literature: Jesus the Revealer of Secret Knowledge
The New Testament Apocrypha: Traditions and Legends about Jesus
Conclusions
Bibliography
Index of Names
Index of Subjects
Index of Scripture and Other Ancient Writings

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