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Familiar Stranger: An Introduction to Jesus of Nazareth ( The Bible in its World Series)
     

Familiar Stranger: An Introduction to Jesus of Nazareth ( The Bible in its World Series)

by Michael J. McClymond
 

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ISBN-10: 0802826806

ISBN-13: 9780802826800

Pub. Date: 03/28/2004

Publisher: Eerdmans, William B. Publishing Company


Familiar Stranger by Michael McClymond is a very readable introduction to that elusive figure known as “the historical Jesus” — his life, his world, his sayings and doings, accounts of his death and resurrection, and his followers’ efforts to understand him.

Three features set Familiar Stranger apart from the many other

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Familiar Stranger by Michael McClymond is a very readable introduction to that elusive figure known as “the historical Jesus” — his life, his world, his sayings and doings, accounts of his death and resurrection, and his followers’ efforts to understand him.

Three features set Familiar Stranger apart from the many other available books on Jesus. First, it’s targeted to general readers but doesn’t dumb down in its attempt to inform them. Second, it’s ideologically balanced, exhibiting a refreshing lack of agenda or ulterior motive beyond the desire to genuinely present what we can and cannot know about Jesus today. Third, it brings together the two most fruitful models for understanding Jesus and his mission — Jesus the “moral sage” and Jesus the “eschatological prophet.” The result is a truly well-rounded picture of Jesus.

Marked by concision, clarity, and thoroughness, McClymond’s Familiar Stranger is ideal for classrooms, study groups, and individuals in search of an up-to-date, trustworthy guide to the historical Jesus. Readers familiar with Jesus may well find him becoming stranger to them through these pages, and, conversely, those to whom Jesus is a stranger may well discover a growing familiarity with him.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780802826800
Publisher:
Eerdmans, William B. Publishing Company
Publication date:
03/28/2004
Series:
The Bible in Its World Series
Pages:
212
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.02(h) x 0.16(d)

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Table of Contents

Prefacevii
Jesus: A Thumbnail Portrait1
Piles of Books: A Short History of Jesus Research7
Sources and Methods: What Can We Know? How Can We Know It?26
The Palestinian Context: Geography, Politics, Economy, and Religion44
The Forerunner: John the Baptist62
The Central Message: The Kingdom of God67
The Man of Power: Healings, Exorcisms, and Other Works of Wonder82
The Teacher: Sayings and Parables93
The Public Figure: Career and Controversies109
Approaching the End: The Final Week120
A New Beginning: The Resurrection129
Wisdom, Apocalypse, and the Identity of Jesus: Some Historical Reflections133
Thinking Outside the Boxes: A Critique of Contemporary Images of Jesus139
Notes153
Index of Subjects and Names199
Index of Scripture and Other Ancient Literature207

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