Bandits, Prophets, and Messiahs: Popular Movements at the Time of Jesus

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A&C Black, Feb 1, 1999 - Religion - 271 pages
The Trinity Press edition of this popular book includes a new preface by the author, responding to reviews of earlier editions. Horsley also sets forth the continuing value of Bandits, Prophets, and Messiahs for reconstructing the social history background of the New Testament. This book represents a brilliant portrait of Jewish culture in the first century and contains a fresh evaluation of Jesus' relation to this complex society. Horsley rediscovers the "common people" (Jewish peasantry) in the time of Jesus the masses led by bandit forces, apocalyptic prophets, and messianic leaders and provides new insights into their significance. "Important and ground-breaking . . . . A major contribution to our understanding of the first-century Jewish social world." Journal of Biblical Literature "Social history at its best . . . . Important material for understanding the Gospels' confession of Jesus as the Messiah." America Richard A. Horlsey is Professor of Classics and Religion at the University of Massachusetts, Boston. He is author of Galilee: History, Politics, People; Archaeology, History, and Society in Galilee: The Social Context of Jesus and the Rabbis; and editor of Paul and Empire: Religion and Power in Roman Imperial Society, all published by Trinity Press.
 

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An interesting look at all the various political, religious, and terrorist groups active in lst century Judea. There some some very nasty characters active in those days in that part of the world, and ... Read full review

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These fellows do an admirable job of getting blood from a turnip. Namely, squeezing responsible theories and extrapolating about class struggle and peasant attitudes from the few surviving sources of ... Read full review

Contents

Chapter OneHistorical Background
1
Chapter TwoAncient Jewish Social Banditry
48
Chapter ThreeRoyal Pretenders and Popular
88
Chapter FourProphets and Prophetic Movements
135
Chapter FiveFourth Philosophy Slcarii Zealots
190
ConclusionA Typology of Popular Movements
244
Chronological Chart
260
Index of Modern Authors 270
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Richard A. Horlsey is Professor of Classics and Religion at the University of Massachusetts, Boston. He is author of Galilee: History, Politics, People; Archaeology, History, and Society in Galilee: The Social Context of Jesus and the Rabbis; and editor of Paul and Empire: Religion and Power in Roman Imperial Society, all published by Trinity Press.

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