Jesus: Apocalyptic Prophet of the New Millennium

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Oxford University Press, Sep 23, 1999 - Religion - 288 pages
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In this highly accessible discussion, Bart Ehrman examines the most recent textual and archaeological sources for the life of Jesus, along with the history of first-century Palestine, drawing a fascinating portrait of the man and his teachings. Ehrman shows us what historians have long known about the Gospels and the man who stands behind them. Through a careful evaluation of the New Testament (and other surviving sources, including the more recently discovered Gospels of Thomas and Peter), Ehrman proposes that Jesus can be best understood as an apocalyptic prophet--a man convinced that the world would end dramatically within the lifetime of his apostles and that a new kingdom would be created on earth. According to Ehrman, Jesus' belief in a coming apocalypse and his expectation of an utter reversal in the world's social organization not only underscores the radicalism of his teachings but also sheds light on both the appeal of his message to society's outcasts and the threat he posed to Jerusalem's established leadership.
 

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Contents

One the end of history as we know it
3
two who was jesus? why its so hard to know
21
three how did the gospels get to be this way?
41
jesus in Context
103
eight jesus the apocalyptic prophet
125
nine the apocalyptic teachings of jesus
141
jesus other teachings in their apocalyptic context
163
notes
247
bibliography
255
index of passages
265
index of modern authors
273
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Bart D. Ehrman is Bowman and Gordon Gray Professor of Religious Studies at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. He is the author of many books, including The New Testament: A Historical Introduction and The Orthodox Corruption of Scripture.

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