Jesus of Nazareth, King of the Jews: A Jewish Life and the Emergence of Christianity

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Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, Nov 7, 2012 - Religion - 352 pages
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Paula Fredriksen, renowned historian and author of From Christ to Jesus, begins this inquiry into the historic Jesus with a fact that may be the only undisputed thing we know about him: his crucifixion.

Rome reserved this means of execution particularly for political insurrectionists; and the Roman charge posted at the head of the cross indicted Jesus for claiming to be King of the Jews. To reconstruct the Jesus who provoked this punishment, Fredriksen takes us into the religious worlds, Jewish and pagan, of Mediterranean antiquity, through the labyrinth of Galilean and Judean politics, and on into the ancient narratives of Paul's letters, the gospels, the Dead Sea Scrolls, and Josephus' histories. The result is a profound contribution both to our understanding of the social and religious contexts within which Jesus of Nazareth moved, and to our appreciation of the mission and message that ended in the proclamation of Jesus as Messiah.
 

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Don't roll your eyes. Yes, it's another contribution to the historical Jesus debate; yes, the whole conversation is getting tired; but Fredrikesen's contribution is worth making time for. Our ... Read full review

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These two books offer an enormous contrast. While Fredriksen provides a balanced, carefully reasoned, scholarly study of the historical Jesus, Ellegard's conclusions can only be described as ... Read full review

Contents

THE History of THE Historic Al J Esus
3
Jerusalem I
12
Gos PEL TRUTH AND Historic AL IN Noc ENc E
18
Jesus CH R1st IANITY AND History 26 I
26
The Temple
42
God AND Israel is Romas Astrourry
51
PAUL THE Gospels AND Jesus
74
THE GAL LEE JUDEA AND JEs Us
155
The Mission of John
184
John Jesus and Repentance 19 i
197
The Cleansing of the Temple
207
The Followers of Jesus
214
Johns Jesus Marks Jesus and the Crucifixion 22
225
The DAYS IN JERUs ALEM
235
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Paula Fredriksen studied ancient Christianity at Wellesley College, Oxford University, and Princeton University. She has taught at Stanford, Berkeley, and the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, and is currently the Aurelio Professor of Scripture at Boston University. She is the author of two previous books and of various studies on Paul, Augustine, and conversion in late antiquity.

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