The Real Jesus: Then and Now

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Fortress Press, 2010 - Religion - 160 pages
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In Searching for the Real Jesus, Geza Vermes, best known for his work on the Dead Sea Scrolls and the Jesus of history, offers lucid and engaging presentations of his lifelong research, along with comments on a variety of contemporary religious themes, such as The Da Vinci Code, Mel Gibson's infamous film The Passion of the Christ, Benedict XVI's book Jesus of Nazareth and the Gospel of Judas. Informed by the work of a world-class scholar, the short articles in this book open to the general reader the findings of some of the major discoveries of the twentieth century, such as the Dead Sea Scrolls, especially as they shed light on contemporary religious and biblical questions.
 

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Contents

The Age of Jesus
3
Jesus the Jew
19
The Changing Faces of Jesus in the New Testament and since
25
Jesus God in Spite of Himself
35
When You Strip Away All the Pious Fiction What Is Left of the Real Jesus?
40
Jesus Was a Great Man
44
Benedict XVI and Jesus of Nazareth A Review
47
The Truth about the Historical Jesus
51
Part Three The Dead Sea Scrolls
111
Secret of the Scrolls
113
Exploring the Scrolls
117
The Qumran Community and the Essenes
129
Midrash in the Dead Sea Scrolls and the New Testament
138
Part Four Miscellanea
147
The Notion of the Covenant in the Dead Sea Scrolls
149
TaxCollectors
156

Was Jesus Really Human?
60
A Television Documentary on Christ and the British Press
63
Part Two Christmas Passion Easter
71
The Nativity Narratives Seen by a Historian
73
Matthews Nativity Is Charming and Frightening But Its a Jewish Myth
84
Celluloid Brutality
88
The Passion
92
Caiaphas Was Innocent?
99
Iscariot and the Dark Path to the Field of Blood
103
The Resurrection
107
Christian Origins in a Nutshell
161
The Great Da Vinci Code Distraction
165
Whats Sex Got to Do with It?
171
The Evolution of Religious Ideas
173
Lets Hope Vatican Politics Do Not Hinder the Holy Spirit
176
Moving on from Reproach to Rapprochement
180
Acknowedgement of Sources
184
Back Cover
187
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Geza Vermes was a religious scholar who became one of the "essential translators and a vocal advocate for their broad dissemination" of the Dead Sea Scrolls, according to the New York Times. Until his death, he was a Professor Emeritus of Jewish Studies and Emeritus Fellow of Wolfson College, Oxford, but continued to teach at the Oriental Institute in Oxford. He was born on June 22, 1924, in Hungary and died on May 8, 2013, after a recurrence of cancer. He was 88.

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