Jesus: Apocalyptic Prophet of the New Millenniumby Bart D. Ehrman
Pub. Date: 09/23/1999
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Jesus is one of the few people whose biographies have the ability to spark intense passion and heated controversy. Now, in this highly accessible exploration into Jesus' life, Bart Ehrman reviews the latest textual and archeological research as well as 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 propheta man convinced that the world would end dramatically within his lifetime 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.
In this sharply written and persuasive book, Ehrman suggests that the apocalyptic fervor that perpetually grips large segments of society is nothing new. Indeed, history's many doomsayers, including those today who are frantic about the new millennium, are close in spirit and thinking to Jesus, who waited in vain for the imminent arrival of a new, peaceful kingdom.
About the Author:
Bart D. Ehrman is Associate Professor in the Department 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.
Table of Contentspreface
1. The End of History as We Know It
2. Who was Jesus? Why It's So Hard to Know
3. How Did the Gospels Get to Be This Way?
4. Looking about a Bit: Non-Christian Sources for the Historical Jesus
5. Looking about a Bit More: Other Christian Sources for the Historical Jesus
6. Moving on to the Past: How Can We Reconstruct the Life of Jesus?
7. Finding a Fit: Jesus in Context
8. Jesus the Apocalyptic Prophet
9. The Apocalyptic Teachings of Jesus
10. A Place for Everything: Jesus' Other Teachings in Their Apocalyptic Context
11. Not in Word Only: The Associates, Deeds, and Controversies of Jesus in Apocalyptic Context
12. The Last Days of Jesus
13. From Apocalyptic Prophet to Lord of All: The Afterlife of Jesus
14. Jesus as the Prophet of the New Millennium: Then and Now
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The author presents an interesting approach to the study of the historical Jesus. Ehrman presents Jesus as a man of/in his time, a man with a message that was influenced by the teachings by the message of John the Baptist and the times in which he lived. The author presents the reason why he considers Jesus an APOCALYPTIC PROPHET, a view that seems to fit many of the aspects of the message presented in the Gospels. According to Erhman, Jesus was NOT A THE MORAL TEACHER, but a messsenger of the end of time and the coming of the Kingdom of God. The author also provides the readers his views concerning his miracles, his death (political and religious), and the transformation of his message from apocalyptic to moral teaching. Another aspect of this book is connected with the struggle historians have to deal with when it comes to the study of Jesus in historical terms. An interesting book, recommended to those who are interested in Jesus or history in general.