Excavating Jesus: Beneath the Stones, Behind the Texts

Excavating Jesus: Beneath the Stones, Behind the Texts

by John Dominic Crossan, Jonathan L. Reed
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Excavating Jesus: Beneath the Stones, Behind the Texts 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
EXCAVATING JESUS is a very ambitious book. In order to fully appreciate the depth and seriousness of the effort it is essential to gain a good understanding of the author's methods of research as described in the book's introduction. The most important thing I am learning from Crossan and Reed is that there is much more left to be uncovered about the historical Jesus. What I see in Crossan and Reed's studies are the possibilities for further explorations. Crossan and Reed emphasize the itinerancy and commensality of the earliest Christians. Their theories are based on the existence of the Q Gospel and the independence of the Gospel of Thomas. In the future both of these assumptions may be altered due to additional discoveries. Meanwhile their greatest contribution may be simply in showing us the possibilities that lie in relentlessly digging for the truth.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Although I wouldn't recommend this book to Christians of weak faith, Dr's Reed and Crossan have done an oustanding job of laying out the absolute poverty of Christ and the wealth of Rome and some of the Israelites. There are some recommended readings in the beginning, which if you have not read, you can still walk easily through this with some assumptions. However, reading 'The Gospel According to Thomas' by Crossan, 'The Dead Sea Scrolls' and the 'Apocrapha' may be helpful. I highly recommend this to those who seek some of His truth.
Guest More than 1 year ago
A consistent theme runs through EXCAVATING JESUS that the Romanized economy in Galilee exploited the Jewish peasants - many of whom were forced off the land. Jesus himself is portrayed as a marginalized peasant who found the social unrest in Galilee a fertile environment in which to start a popular movement of protest. The evidence which Crossan and Reed present is compelling and I applaud their method of using archaeological and eschatological tools simultaneously. The book contains much dense material but it definitely provides the reader with a worthwhile learning experience. It is also not the end but rather the beginning of the most exciting story to be told in the coming years.