Jesus: A Beginner’s Guide introduces Jesus, the man and his enduring legacy. Separating fact from fiction, Professor Le Donne places Jesus within the context of first-century Judaism, and explores the debate about his status as “Son of God” among the early Christians. He then follow his legacy through medieval Europe, and compares the various cultural Jesuses in enlightenment and post-enlightenment thought.
About the Author
Anthony Le Donne (PhD, Durham) is Assistant Professor of New Testament at United Theological Seminary. He is the author/editor of seven books and serves as an editor of the Journal for the Study of the Historical Jesus.
Table of Contents
List of Illustrations xi
Introduction: A guidebook for a circuitous way 1
1 Jesus the man 4
2 Jesus in early literature 45
3 Jesus in the premodern imagination 89
4 Jesus in modern intelligentsia 143
5 Jesus in pop culture 180
Concluding reflection 210
Subject index 212
References index 219