Jesus and His Contemporaries: Comparative Studies

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BRILL, Jul 1, 2001 - Religion - 532 pages
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Jesus was a man from Nazareth who died in Jerusalem. But he was nor ordinary man, or was he? That Jesus existed we are all quite sure, but what were the real, historical facts of his life and death? What, about all that has been said of him, is truly authentic? Who is the real Jesus? With Evans' research, a more accurate portrait of Jesus begins to emerge. Ironically, the most important and obvious fact to bear in mind when trying to understand Jesus is that he was, in fact, a Jew. Embracing the historical and cultural context in which Jesus lived goes against the tide of Jesus research, specifically, Evans takes on the research from the Jesus Seminar. In the first part of his book, Evans shows us through comparative studies, the diversity of beliefs and actions that existed in the Jewish culture of which Jesus was indeed a part. Evans' goal is to understand better the Sitz im Leben Jesu. In the second part of the book, Evans pits Jesus against his opponents, seeking to identify Jesus' teachings and actions that led to his death. Not only does Evans paint a realistic portrait of Jesus, but he helps lay a firmer foundation upon which one can begin to understand the emergence of Christian theology. This publication has also been published in hardback (no longer available).
  

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Contents

Presuppositions
1
PART
21
JESUS AND HIS RIVALS
48
A Preliminary
83
Was Simon ben Kosiba Recognized as Messiah?
183
Jesus and Jewish Miracle Stories
213
Jesus and Rabbinic Parables Proverbs and Prayers
251
Can a Link Be Found
301
Towards a Jewish Context
345
of the Herodian Temple
367
Gods Vineyard and Its Caretakers
381
In What Sense Blasphemy? Jesus before Caiaphas
407
Probing Aspects
437
Jesus and His Contemporaries
457
Index of Ancient Writings
493
Index of Modern Authors
525

Jesus Action in the Temple and Evidence of Corruption
319

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About the author (2001)

Craig A. Evans is a Professor of Biblical Studies and the Director of the Graduate Program in Biblical Studies at Trinity Western University in Langley, British Columbia.

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