John the Baptist (Interfaces Series): Prophet of Purity for a New Age

John the Baptist (Interfaces Series): Prophet of Purity for a New Age

by Catherine Murphy, Catherine M. Murphy
     
 

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John the Baptist: Prophet of Purity for a New Age examines how and why the authors of the first three Gospels shaped the story of John the Baptist around the story of Jesus. Careful comparison of these foundational texts yields not only the perspectives of the synoptic authors but also a provisional sketch of the historical figure of the Baptist, which is then placed… See more details below

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John the Baptist: Prophet of Purity for a New Age examines how and why the authors of the first three Gospels shaped the story of John the Baptist around the story of Jesus. Careful comparison of these foundational texts yields not only the perspectives of the synoptic authors but also a provisional sketch of the historical figure of the Baptist, which is then placed within the religious, political, and economic context of first-century C.E. Judea. Special attention is given to the interface between John and the Qumran community that scholars have proposed ever since the Dead Sea Scrolls were discovered.

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A part of the "Interfaces" series, this book is designed to introduce undergraduate students to the historical critical approach to biblical study. Murphy (religious studies, Santa Clara Univ.) examines the texts about John the Baptist in the four gospels, Acts, and Josephus and introduces readers to the criteria for historicity, the redaction-critical approach, and the social-scientific method, which analyzes the cultural context of the material. The reader engages in a genuine, scholarly analysis of the texts, especially in relation to the Essene purification movements of the era, and discovers many possible theses for further personal research. Though clearly intended for college teaching, this is a good, accessible book for anyone interested in understanding modern textural study and also an illuminating look at John the Baptist in his historical context. A stimulating introduction to biblical scholarship; recommended for academic and public libraries.-C. Robert Nixon, M.L.S., Lafayette, IN Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.

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ISBN-13:
9780814659335
Publisher:
Liturgical Press, The
Publication date:
07/01/2003
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
185
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.60(h) x 0.50(d)

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