Jesus and His World: The Archaeological Evidence

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Westminster John Knox Press, 2012 - Religion - 192 pages
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In this provocative work, world-renowned scholar Craig A. Evans presents the most important archaeological discoveries that shed light on the world of Jesus of Nazareth. Evans takes on many sensational claims that have been proposed in recent books and peddled in the media, and uses actual archaeological findings to uncover the truth about several key pieces of Jesus' world. For example, what was the village of Nazareth actually like in the time of Jesus? Did synagogues really exist, as the Gospels say? What does archaeology tell us about the ruling priests who condemned Jesus to death? Has the tomb of Jesus really been found, as has been claimed? Evans's engaging prose enables readers to understand and critique the latest theories--both the sober and the sensational--about who Jesus was and what he lived and died for.

Questions for discussion and reflection are available at, making this book ideal for group or individual study.

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Super backgroud to the Bible mini series

User Review  - Graham Cudlipp -

I bought this book after hearing that Dr Evans assisted Mark and Rona with the Bible mini series. I was not disappointed in learning more about the times of our Lord. Shalom, Graham. Read full review

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User Review  - Brian Leport - Goodreads

Helpful book that "fills in" the historical setting of the Gospels giving us insights into the customs of the day. A good example of how biblical studies can incorporate archaeological findings in order to give us a better understanding of the texts themselves. Read full review

About the author (2012)

Craig A. Evans is Payzant Distinguished Professor of New Testament at Acadia Divinity College, Acadia University, in Wolfville, Nova Scotia, Canada. The author or editor of more than fifty books and hundreds of articles, Evans is a regular guest on many national media outlets, including Dateline NBC, The History Channel, The Discovery Channel, and BBC. He is an internationally distinguished authority and lecturer on the historical Jesus. For more information, visit

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