Jesus and His Contemporaries: Comparative Studies

Jesus and His Contemporaries: Comparative Studies

by Craig A. Evans
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Brill Academic Publishers, Inc.

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Jesus and His Contemporaries: Comparative Studies

Jesus was a man from Nazareth who died in Jerusalem. But he was nor ordinary man, or was he? That Jesus existed we are all quite sure, but what were the real, historical facts of his life and death? What, about all that has been said of him, is truly authentic? Who is the real Jesus? With Evans’ research, a more accurate portrait of Jesus begins to emerge. Ironically, the most important and obvious fact to bear in mind when trying to understand Jesus is that he was, in fact, a Jew. Embracing the historical and cultural context in which Jesus lived goes against the tide of Jesus research, specifically, Evans takes on the research from the Jesus Seminar. In the first part of his book, Evans shows us through comparative studies, the diversity of beliefs and actions that existed in the Jewish culture of which Jesus was indeed a part. Evans’ goal is to understand better the Sitz im Leben Jesu. In the second part of the book, Evans pits Jesus against his opponents, seeking to identify Jesus’ teachings and actions that led to his death. Not only does Evans paint a realistic portrait of Jesus, but he helps lay a firmer foundation upon which one can begin to understand the emergence of Christian theology.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780391041189
Publisher: Brill Academic Publishers, Inc.
Publication date: 10/04/2001
Series: Biblical Studies and Religious Studies
Pages: 532
Product dimensions: 6.04(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.33(d)

Table of Contents

I.Recent Developments in Jesus Research: Presuppositions, Criteria, and Sources1
Part 1Jesus and His Rivals
II.Messianic Claimants of the First and Second Centuries53
III.Jesus and the Messianic Texts from Qumran: A Preliminary Assessment of the Recently Published Materials83
Excursus 1Early Messianic Traditions in the Targums155
IV.Was Simon ben Kosiba Recognized as Messiah?183
V.Jesus and Jewish Miracle Stories213
Excursus 2Jesus and Apollonius of Tyana245
VI.Jesus and Rabbinic Parables, Proverbs, and Prayers251
Part 2Jesus and His Opponents
VII.From Public Ministry to the Passion: Can a Link Be Found between the (Galilean) Life and the (Judean) Death of Jesus?301
VIII.Jesus' Action in the Temple and Evidence of Corruption in the First-Century Temple319
IX.Jesus and the "Cave of Robbers": Towards a Jewish Context for the Temple Action345
Excursus 3Jesus and Predictions of the Destruction of the Herodian Temple367
X.God's Vineyard and Its Caretakers381
XI.In What Sense "Blasphemy"? Jesus before Caiaphas in Mark 14:61-64407
XII.From Anointed Prophet to Anointed King: Probing Aspects of Jesus' Self-Understanding437
Epilogue: Jesus and His Contemporaries457
Index of Ancient Writings493
Index of Modern Authors525

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