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: 570,613
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Craig A. Evans is an esteemed, internationally recognized biblical scholar, author, and a regular guest on TV documentaries. He is John Bisagno Distinguished Professor of Christian Origins at Houston Theological Seminary. He was formally Payzant Distinguished Professor of New Testament at Acadia Divinity College. Before coming to Acadia, Evans taught at Trinity Western University in British Columbia for twenty-one years, where he directed the graduate program in biblical studies and founded the Dead Sea Scrolls Institute. He is the author or editor of more than fifty books and hundreds of articles and reviews. Evans has lectured at Cambridge, Oxford, Durham, and Yale. He also regularly lectures and gives talks at popular conferences and retreats on the historical Jesus, archaeology, the Dead Sea Scrolls, and the Bible.

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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