Jesus and His World: The Archaeological Evidence

Jesus and His World: The Archaeological Evidence

by Craig A. Evans

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In this provocative work, world-renowned scholar Craig A. Evans presents the most important archaeological discoveries that shed light on the world of Jesus of Nazareth. Evans challenges many sensational claims that have been proposed in recent books and peddled in the media by using archaeological findings to uncover the truth about several key pieces of Jesus' world. For example, what was the village of Nazareth actually like in the time of Jesus? Did synagogues really exist, as the Gospels say? What does archaeology tell us about the ruling priests who condemned Jesus to death? Has the tomb of Jesus really been found? Evans's engaging prose enables readers to understand and critique the latest theories--both the sober and the sensational--about who Jesus was and what he lived and died for.

This new paperback edition includes an additional appendix with questions for discussion and reflection, making it ideal for both group and individual study.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780664239329
Publisher: Westminster John Knox Press
Publication date: 02/08/2013
Edition description: Paperback edition
Pages: 208
Sales rank: 589,244
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Craig A. Evans is Payzant Distinguished Professor of New Testament at Acadia Divinity College, Acadia University, in Wolfville, Nova Scotia, Canada. The author or editor of more than fifty books and hundreds of articles, Evans is a regular guest on many national media outlets, including NBC, The History Channel, The Discovery Channel, and BBC. He is an internationally distinguished authority and lecturer on the historical Jesus. For more information, visit

Table of Contents

List of figures ix

Preface xi

List of abbreviations xiii

Introduction 1

1 In the shadow of Sepphoris: growing up in Nazareth 13

2 Among the devout: religious formation in the synagogue 38

3 In the books: reading, writing and literacy 63

4 Confronting the establishment: ruling priests and the temple 89

5 Life with the dead: Jewish burial traditions 113 Summing up 141

Appendix 1 Have we found the family tomb of Jesus? 144

Appendix 2 What did Jesus look like? 148

Notes 153

Suggestions for further reading 175

Index of ancient writings and sources 179

Index of modern names 185

Index of subjects 188

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Jesus and His World: The Archaeological Evidence 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The author provides an excellent commentary of archealogical findings relevent to times and influences of the Near East world in Christ's earthly era.
ljldml on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
received from NetGalley for reviewThis book is timed perfectly for an around Easter release.A clear, concise view of biblical archaeology by scholar Craig Evans.I am not a biblical scholar, and I had no difficulty understanding Evans work. It is a highly readable accoung of the archaeological discoveries related to and from the time of Jesus of Nazareth. The book consists of 5 chapters delving into various aspects of Jesus's home, time in history and teachings.Evans easily explains several elements of Jewish law, burial practices and general Jewish lifestyles. He presents this information in an unbiased manner. I learned quite a lot from this book and will purchase other books by Mr. Evans.