by Michael Grant

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A study of the life of Jesus by one of the great scholars of the ancient world.

Examining the Gospels as he would any other historical document, Grant presents a picture of Jesus that is, in some respects, an unfamiliar one. He argues that Jesus was neither meek and mild, nor a political revolutionary, but rather consumed with the goal of the realisation of the Kingdom of God.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781780221120
Publisher: Orion Publishing Group, Limited
Publication date: 07/14/2011
Sold by: Hachette Digital, Inc.
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 647,913
File size: 928 KB

About the Author

Michael Grant (1914-2004) was a highly successful and renowned historian of the ancient world. He held many academic posts including those of Fellow of Trinity College, Cambridge; Professor of Humanity at Edinburgh University; Vice Chancellor of The Queen's University, Belfast and Vice Chancellor of the University of Khartoum. He was a Doctor of Letters at Dublin and a Doctor of Laws at Belfast. He has also been President of the Classical Association of England, the Virgil Society and the Royal Numismatic Society, and was a Medallist of the American Numismatic Society.

Table of Contents

INothing Matters but the Kingdom of God
1The Dawning Kingdom of God7
2What Were the Miracles?30
3Change of Heart45
IIWho Do You Say I Am?
4The Galilean68
5Prophet and Teacher78
6Messiah: Son of Man: Son of God95
IIIDisaster and Triumph
7Failure in Galilee111
8Fatal Challenge in Jerusalem134
9The End153
10From Disaster to Triumph169
Epilogue: Jesus Then and Now192
AppendixAttitudes to the Evidence197
List of Abbreviations used in the Notes205
Ancient Writings and Terms236
Short Bibliography251

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john257hopper on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is not a traditional chronological biography, given the paucity of sources for such a straightforward factual exegesis; rather, it is an examination of the themes of his teaching and his public life as expressed through events and sayings in the Gospels. It attempts to apply historical analysis to these sources, comparing where known with any other relevant sources from this era, and looking at the plausibility of various events in a comparative context and considering the retrospective viewpoint of the Gospels written some time later during the early history of the post-Christ church. The key theme is the notion of the overwhelming centrality of the then believed to be imminent Kingdom of God, which puts so many of Jesus's sayings and teachings into context, free of modern liberal or socialist or even revolutionary connotations, and of fuzzy Victorian general goodwill to all men. There is a useful summary of the book's conclusions towards the end. This repays reading by anyone with an enquiring mind, whether believer, non-believer or just plain unsure enquirer/reader.