Jesus: Apocalyptic Prophet of the New Millennium

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Oxford University Press, 1999 - Religion - 274 pages
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In this highly accessible discussion, Bart Ehrman examines the most recent textual and archaeological sources for the life of Jesus, along with the history of first-century Palestine, drawing a fascinating portrait of the man and his teachings.

Ehrman shows us what historians have long known about the Gospels and the man who stands behind them. Through a careful evaluation of the New Testament (and other surviving sources, including the more recently discovered Gospels of Thomas and Peter), Ehrman proposes that Jesus can be best understood as an apocalyptic prophet--a man convinced that the world would end dramatically within the lifetime of his apostles and that a new kingdom would be created on earth. According to Ehrman, Jesus' belief in a coming apocalypse and his expectation of an utter reversal in the world's social organization not only underscores the radicalism of his teachings but also sheds light on both the appeal of his message to society's outcasts and the threat he posed to Jerusalem's established leadership.

 

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I can forgive biblical scholars for writing impenetrable prose. They have to know about 8000 languages. They study the most studied book of all time, and the temptation to split hairs must be ... Read full review

JESUS, APOCALYPIC PROPHET OF THE NEW MILLENNIUM

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An elegantly written, much-needed book. Studies of the historical Jesus abound, concedes Ehrman (Religious Studies/Univ. of North Carolina, Chapel Hill) from the first pages. Can a historian possibly ... Read full review

Contents

the end of history as we know it
3
who was jesus? why its so hard to know
21
how did the gospels get to be this way?
41
looking about a bit nonchristian sources for the historical jesus
55
looking about a bit more other Christian sources for the historical jesus
65
moving on to the past how can we reconstruct the life of jesus?
85
finding a fit jesus in context
103
jesus the apocalyptic prophet
125
not in word only the associates deeds and controversies of jesus in apocalyptic context
183
the last days of jesus
207
from apocalyptic prophet to lord of all the afterlife of jesus
227
jesus as the prophet of the new millennium then and now
239
notes
247
bibliography
255
index of subjects
259
index of passages
265

the apocalyptic teachings of jesus
141
a place for everything jesus other teachings in their apocalyptic context
163

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Bart D. Ehrman is Bowman and Gordon Gray Professor of Religious Studies at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. He is the author of many books, including The New Testament: A Historical Introduction and The Orthodox Corruption of Scripture.

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