The Jesus Dynasty: The Hidden History of Jesus, His Royal Family, and the Birth of Christianity

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Simon and Schuster, Apr 24, 2007 - History - 400 pages
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The Jesus Dynasty offers a startling new interpretation of the life of Jesus and the origins of Christianity that is grounded in careful analysis of the earliest Christian documents and recent archaeological discoveries, including the much-discussed "Jesus family tomb."

In The Jesus Dynasty, biblical scholar James Tabor brings us closer than ever to the historical Jesus. He explains the crucial relationship between Jesus, a royal descendant of David, and his relative John the Baptizer, a priestly descendant of Aaron and Jesus' teacher. When John was killed, several of his followers -- including Jesus' four brothers -- joined with Jesus, who continued John's mission, preaching the same apocalyptic message. After Jesus confronted the Roman authorities in Jerusalem and was crucified, his brother James succeeded him as the leader of the Jesus dynasty.

James Tabor has studied the earliest surviving documents of Christianity for more than thirty years and has participated in important archaeological excavations in Israel. His reconstruction of the life of Jesus and his followers, and of the early years of Christianity, will change our understanding of one of the most crucial moments in history.
 

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Contents

Discovering the Jesus Dynasty
1
A Tale of Two Tombs
6
In the Beginning Was the Family
35
A Virgin Shall Conceive
37
A Son of David?
48
An Unnamed Father of Jesus?
59
Children of a Different Father
73
Growing Up Jewish in Galilee
83
Herod Strikes
171
Last Days in Jerusalem
187
The King Is Dead
208
Dead but Twice Buried
223
Go to James the Just
243
The Challenge of Paul
259
The Legacy of the Jesus Dynasty
272
The End of the Age
284

The Lost Years
85
A Kingdom of this World
95
The Religion of Jesus the Jew
109
A Great Revival and a Gathering Storm 8 Hearing the Voice
125
A Crucial Missing Year
138
Ushering in the Kingdom
153
Recovering Lost Treasures
305
Epilogue
319
Timeline of Major Events and Figures
333
Acknowledgments
359
Photo Credits
379
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James D. Tabor is chair of the department of religious studies at the University of North Carolina, Charlotte. He holds a PhD in biblical studies and is an expert on Christian origins. He is the author of several books, among them The Jesus Dynasty. Visit him online at JamesTabor.com.

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