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Jesus was a man from Nazareth who died in Jerusalem. But he was no ordinary man, or was he? That Jesus existed we are all quite sure, but what were the real, historical facts of his life and death? What, about all that has been said of him, is truly authentic? Who is the real Jesus? With Evans' research, a more accurate portrait of Jesus begins to emerge. Ironically, the most important and obvious fact to bear in mind when trying to understand Jesus is that he was, in fact, a Jew. Embracing the historical and ...
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Jesus was a man from Nazareth who died in Jerusalem. But he was no ordinary man, or was he? That Jesus existed we are all quite sure, but what were the real, historical facts of his life and death? What, about all that has been said of him, is truly authentic? Who is the real Jesus? With Evans' research, a more accurate portrait of Jesus begins to emerge. Ironically, the most important and obvious fact to bear in mind when trying to understand Jesus is that he was, in fact, a Jew. Embracing the historical and cultural context in which Jesus lived goes against the tide of Jesus research, specifically, Evans takes on the research from the Jesus Seminar. In the first part of his book, Evans shows us through comparative studies, the diversity of beliefs and actions that existed in the Jewish culture of which Jesus was indeed a part. Evans' goal is to understand better the Sitz im Leben Jeau. In the second part of the book, Evans pits Jesus against his opponents, seeking to identify Jesus' teachings and actions that led to his death. Not only does Evans paint a realistic portrait of Jesus, but he helps lay a firmer foundation upon which one can begin to understand the emergence of Christian theology.
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Situates Jesus in a specific historical and cultural context by comparing the prayers, parables, prophecies, and miracles attributed to various Jewish figures of Palestine who were his near contemporaries. Finds that his activities and teachings do not represent a radical break with the Jewish piety and restorative hopes of the period, in contrast to other recent studies that view him as a Stoic or Cynic with little interest in the restoration of Israel or the fulfillment of prophecy. Also speculates about what exactly Jesus might have had in mind when he was doing what he did, and the factors that led to his celebrated demise. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR booknews.com
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Meet the Author

Craig A. Evans is a Professor of Biblical Studies and the Director of the Graduate Program in Biblical Studies at Trinity Western University in Langley, British Columbia.
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Table of Contents

Preface
Abbreviations
I Recent Developments in Jesus Research: Presuppositions, Criteria, and Sources 1
Pt. 1 Jesus and His Rivals
II Messianic Claimants of the First and Second Centuries 53
III Jesus and the Messianic Texts from Qumran: A Preliminary Assessment of the Recently Published Materials 83
IV Was Simon ben Kosiba Recognized as Messiah? 183
V Jesus and Jewish Miracle Stories 213
VI Jesus and Rabbinic Parables, Proverbs, and Prayers 251
Pt. 2 Jesus and His Opponents
VII From Public Ministry to the Passion: Can a Link Be Found between the (Galilean) Life and the (Judean) Death of Jesus? 301
VIII Jesus' Action in the Temple and Evidence of Corruption in the First-Century Temple 319
IX Jesus and the "Cave of Robbers": Towards a Jewish Context for the Temple Action 345
X God's Vineyard and Its Caretakers 381
XI In What Sense "Blasphemy"? Jesus before Caiaphas in Mark 14:61-64 407
Synthesis
XII From Anointed Prophet to Anointed King: Probing Aspects of Jesus' Self-Understanding 437
Epilogue: Jesus and His Contemporaries
Bibliography
Index of Ancient Writings
Index of Modern Authors
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