What Can We Know about Jesus?

What Can We Know about Jesus?

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by Howard Clark Kee, Howard C. Kee
     
 

Some recent writing discredits the picture of Jesus presented in the New Testament, either by claiming that newly discovered documents reveal a different figure or by reinterpreting the gospels themselves. This book analyzes the evidence about Jesus in a broad range of sources, from ancient pagan and Jewish texts to the earliest Christian sources, including the New… See more details below

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Some recent writing discredits the picture of Jesus presented in the New Testament, either by claiming that newly discovered documents reveal a different figure or by reinterpreting the gospels themselves. This book analyzes the evidence about Jesus in a broad range of sources, from ancient pagan and Jewish texts to the earliest Christian sources, including the New Testament apart from the gospels, the canonical gospels, and later Christian texts not included in the Christian canon. Special attention is given to the source document known to scholars as Q, used by Matthew and Luke, and to the book of Mark, the oldest gospel. Each source is examined in light of the social and cultural context in which it was written, and the conclusion is drawn that in spite of differences in the portrayals of Jesus there is convergence of evidence about his activities and his message.

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"This book provides a helpful compilation of evidence for Christ's historicity. It's written in a scholarly yet sensitive style and should help those who want to broaden their grasp of early Christian literature." Bookstore Journal

"It was a happy day for the common reader when Cambridge launched its series on 'Understanding Jesus Today.' If the first four titles are a true indication it is time to cheer. These handy 5 1/8" x 7 1/8", neatly, securely, and colorfully bound books are an invitation to 'take up and read.'...All who seek to know more about the Way, the Truth, and the Light in Jesus will applaud this series of handy and handsome little books on a big subject." Congregational Journal

"Written for the layperson, these short works are packed with useful and illuminating background for understanding the life and times of Jesus. Readers will have their horizons broadened by evidence provided through extrabiblical sources such as Qumran and the Dead Sea Scrolls, the Nag Hammadi Library, the Jewish Apocrypha and Pseudepigrapha, the Jewish historian Josephus, and Roman historians such as Suetonius and Dio Cassius to mention but a few...a valuable resource...stimulating and helpful." James D. Hernando, Advance

"...this series has the extraordinary value of bringing to the layperson the critical and contemporary issues of the study of Jesus. Understandable and inviting, the volumes contain excellent study questions, charts, indices and notes." Duncan Ferguson, Presbyterian Survey

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521360579
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
07/28/1990
Series:
Understanding Jesus Today Series
Pages:
128
Product dimensions:
4.84(w) x 7.32(h) x 0.55(d)

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