The Authentic Gospel of Jesus

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In his new book, acclaimed religious scholar Geza Vermes subjects all the sayings of Jesus to brilliantly informed scrutiny. Profoundly aware of the limits of our knowledge but immersed in what we do have?both the ?official? gospels and associated Jewish and early Christian texts?Vermes sieves through every quote ascribed to Jesus to let the reader get as close as possible to the charismatic Jewish healer and moralist who changed the world. The result is a book that creates a revolutionary and unexpected picture ...

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Overview

In his new book, acclaimed religious scholar Geza Vermes subjects all the sayings of Jesus to brilliantly informed scrutiny. Profoundly aware of the limits of our knowledge but immersed in what we do have—both the “official” gospels and associated Jewish and early Christian texts—Vermes sieves through every quote ascribed to Jesus to let the reader get as close as possible to the charismatic Jewish healer and moralist who changed the world. The result is a book that creates a revolutionary and unexpected picture of Jesus—scraping aside the accretions of centuries to approach as close as we can hope to his true teaching.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780141003603
  • Publisher: Viking Penguin
  • Publication date: 1/28/2005
  • Pages: 464
  • Sales rank: 980,735
  • Product dimensions: 5.31 (w) x 7.92 (h) x 0.83 (d)

Meet the Author

Geza Vermes’s pioneering work on the Dead Sea Scrolls and the historical Jesus led to his appointment as the first professor of Jewish studies at Oxford University, where he is now professor emeritus. He is the author of several books, including The Authentic Gospel of Jesus.

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Table of Contents

Prologue : a fifth book on Jesus?
1 Narratives and commands 1
2 Controversy stories 38
3 Words of wisdom 75
4 Teaching in parables 114
5 Quoting or interpreting scripture 173
6 Prayers and related instructions 216
7 'Son of Man' sayings 234
8 Sayings about the kingdom of God 266
9 Eschatological rules of behaviour 343
10 Towards the authentic gospel 370
Epilogue : Jesus and his teaching in the light of his 'authentic' words 398
App A classification of the sayings of Jesus 419
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