Why Jesus Died

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Fortress Press, 2004 - Religion - 154 pages
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Jesus of Nazareth died on a cross at the hands of Roman justice around the year 30 C.E. Thousands of others perished in the same way, and many people before and since have suffered far more gruesome torments. Why then is Jesus, asks Gerard Sloyan uniquely and universally remembered for his suffering death? In this timely, expert, and fully engaging account, this widely acclaimed biblical scholar and historian adroitly discusses: how Jesus died who was responsible for his death how his death came to be seen as redemptive how accounts of his death figured in the rise of anti-Jewish sentiment For all who wondered about what really happened in the passion and death of Jesus and how his legacy grew, Sloyan's book will provide reliable and enlightening reading. With thoughtful study questions and a list of further reading, this book is perfect for individual or group use.

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User Review  - TerriBooks - LibraryThing

A short, simple exploration of the scriptures and some patristic writings dealing with the crucifixion of the Lord. I found that the treatment was very good, respecting the faith of the reader while bringing in the scholarship. At under 100 pages, it was a quick read. Read full review

User Review  - K. Michael Ziolkowski - Christianbook.com

Zero Stars - The absolute worst book I've ever bought. Gerard is obviously not a Spirit filled believer and apparently does not believe the Bible to be the word of God, nor even in salvation through ... Read full review

About the author (2004)

Gerard S. Sloyan, STD, PhD, is professor emeritus of religion at Temple University and currently visiting professor at Georgetown University, Washington, DC. He has written extensively on Jesus, including The Crucifixion of Jesus (Fortress Press, 1995) and Why Jesus Died (Fortress Press, 2004).

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