Jesus Outside The New Testament

Jesus Outside The New Testament

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by Robert E. Van Voorst, Robert E. Voorst
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0802843689

ISBN-13: 9780802843685

Pub. Date: 03/01/2000

Publisher: Eerdmans, William B. Publishing Company


Did Jesus actually exist? Much has been written recently on this subject, including numerous books examining the New Testament record of Jesus' life. Now Robert Van Voorst presents and critiques the ancient evidence outside the New Testament—the Roman, Jewish, pre-New Testament, and post-New Testament writings that mention Jesus.

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Did Jesus actually exist? Much has been written recently on this subject, including numerous books examining the New Testament record of Jesus' life. Now Robert Van Voorst presents and critiques the ancient evidence outside the New Testament—the Roman, Jewish, pre-New Testament, and post-New Testament writings that mention Jesus.

This fascinating study of the early Christian and non-Christian record includes fresh translations of all the relevant texts. Van Voorst shows how and to what extent these ancient writings can be used to help reconstruct the historical Jesus.

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ISBN-13:
9780802843685
Publisher:
Eerdmans, William B. Publishing Company
Publication date:
03/01/2000
Series:
Studying the Historical Jesus Ser.
Pages:
264
Product dimensions:
0.60(w) x 6.00(h) x 9.00(d)

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Table of Contents

Preface and Acknowledgmentsix
Abbreviationsxii
1. The Study of Jesus Outside the New Testament1
A Brief History of Research2
Did Jesus Really Exist?6
The Plan of the Present Work16
2. Jesus in Classical Writings19
Thallos: The Eclipse at Jesus' Death20
Pliny the Younger: The Christ of Christian Worship23
Suetonius: The Instigator Chrestus29
Tacitus: The Executed Christ39
Mara bar Serapion: The Wise Jewish King53
Lucian of Samosata: The Crucified Sophist58
Celsus: Christ the Magician64
Conclusions68
3. Jesus in Jewish Writings75
Is Jesus Mentioned in the Dead Sea Scrolls?75
Josephus: Jesus, a Wise Man Called the Christ81
The Rabbinic Tradition: Jesus the Magician and Deceiver104
The Toledot Yeshu: How Ancient a Polemic against Jesus?122
Conclusions129
4. Jesus in the Sources of the Canonical Gospels135
L: Jesus, the Powerful Teacher and Healer136
The Special Material of Matthew: An M Source on Jesus?143
The Signs Source of the Fourth Gospel: Jesus the Messiah149
Q: Jesus, the Agent of the Kingdom of God155
Conclusions174
5. Jesus in Christian Writings after the New Testament179
The Agrapha: Scattered Sayings of Jesus179
The Nag Hammadi Literature: Jesus the Revealer of Secret
Knowledge185
The New Testament Apocrypha: Traditions and Legends about
Jesus203
Conclusions215
Bibliography219
Index of Names235
Index of Subjects239
Index of Scripture and Other Ancient Writings241

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Jesus Outside the New Testament 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book probably contains the best treatment of pagan sources referring to Jesus that can be acheived. His treatment of Suetonius is especially well done. Don't miss this one when researching the extrabiblical sources on Jesus.