A Marginal Jew: Companions and competitors

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Doubleday, 2001 - Apostles - 703 pages
The first two volumes of John Meier's monumental series, A Marginal Jew: Rethinking the Historical Jesus, attracted the attention of The New York Times, Chicago Tribune, The Boston Globe, Christianity Today, and Commonweal, and are among the most popular and bestselling books in the Anchor Bible Reference Library. Employing the same meticulous scholarship and critical approach, John Meier continues his quest for authentic answers to questions about the historical Jesus in Volume III: Companions and Competitors.

Meier widens the spotlight from Jesus himself to encompass both his followers and such rival groups as the Pharisees and the Zealots. He shows that contrary to the popular image of Jesus as an egalitarian leader indifferent to structure, Jesus shaped his ministry with great care and consciously competed against rival religious and political movements.

Focusing on the Jewish nature of Jesus, Meier provides an important corrective to recent portraits that present Jesus in the sometimes dubious setting of Greco-Roman culture and clarifies Jesus' vision of preserving the identity of Israel and fulfilling its destiny. Like the previous books in the series, it will spark much discussion among scholars and general readers alike.

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No man is an island, not even Jesus, as John Meier writes in Companions and Competitors, the third installment of his four-part series, A Marginal Jew: Rethinking the Historical Jesus. The first ... Read full review

A MARGINAL JEW: Rethinking the Historical Jesus: Vol. III, Companions and Competitors

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The latest installment (the third of a promised four) of priest-professor Meier's monumental inquiry into the historical Jesus of Nazareth (Volume II: Mentor, Message, and Miracles, 1994, etc.).Meier ... Read full review

Contents

A Road Map for the Journey through Volume Three
4
PART
17
CHAPTER
37
Who Qualified as a Disciple of Jesus?
47
Leaving Ones Home
54
Were the Women Followers of Jesus Disciples?
73
CHAPTER 26
107
The Nature and Function of the Twelve
148
CHAPTER
30
The Essenes and Other Groups
488
The Samaritans
532
The Scribes
549
TheHerodians
560
notes to Chapter 30
569
ConClusion to volume three
615
The Ministry of Jesus the ElijahLike Prophet
622

CHAPTER 27
198
Jesus in Relation to His Followers
245
PART
287
The Pharisees
311
CHAPTER 29
381
An Incident from the Ministry of the Historical Jesus?
431
notes to Chapter 29
444
Jewish Competitors in the Religious
632
Looking Ahead to the Final Enigmas
645
Map of the Galilee of Jesus Ministry
649
Scripture Index
671
Author Index
684
Copyright

About the author (2001)

Meier is a Catholic priest and a professor of the New Testament at the University of Notre Dame in Indiana.

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