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The Historical Jesus in Context : Princeton Readings in Religions - Amy-Jill Levine

The Historical Jesus in Context

Princeton Readings in Religions

By: Amy-Jill Levine (Editor), Dale C. Allison, Jr. (Editor), John Dominic Crossan (Editor)

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"The Historical Jesus in Context" is a landmark collection that places the gospel narratives in their full literary, social, and archaeological context. More than twenty-five internationally recognized experts offer new translations and descriptions of a broad range of texts that shed new light on the Jesus of history, including pagan prayers and private inscriptions, miracle tales and martyrdoms, parables and fables, divorce decrees and imperial propaganda.

The translated materials--from Christian, Coptic, and Jewish as well as Greek, Roman, and Egyptian texts--extend beyond single phrases to encompass the full context, thus allowing readers to locate Jesus in a broader cultural setting than is usually made available. This book demonstrates that only by knowing the world in which Jesus lived and taught can we fully understand him, his message, and the spread of the Gospel.

Gathering in one place material that was previously available only in disparate sources, this formidable book provides innovative insight into matters no less grand than first-century Jewish and Gentile life, the composition of the Gospels, and Jesus himself.

"The essays illuminate the social, religious, and cultural background of Jesus and the Gospels in striking ways. The book has gathered together the work of leading scholars without regard for any party line."--Paul Cavill, Church Times "A very useful introduction to the historical background of Jesus and the Gospels...A valuable resource for historical Jesus studies."--Michael Bird, Journal for the Study of the New Testament "It is a major research tool and an education in its own right. Highly recommended."--Robert M. Price, Religious Studies Review "In general, this is a volume especially useful as a resource for teaching about Jesus in his historical context."--Bruce Longenecker, Theological Book Review "This collection of essays is a very useful introduction to the historical background of Jesus and the Gospels. The translation of a number of primary texts in one volume makes it a valuable resource for historical Jesus studies."--Michael Bird, Journal for the Study of the New Testament "The heart of the matter is in the ancient texts themselves--let the reader understand! For this reason, the student of Christian origins and/or the historical Jesus will find this book eminently worthwhile. There is, as far as I know, no other book on the market that brings the primary textual backgrounds on Jesus together in one place."--Nicholas Perrin, Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society "An excellent addition to any library--whether scholarly, pastoral, or devotional--this is an illuminating volume with easy to follow, concise essays that deal with a variety of subjects or aspects of the world in which Jesus lived and the gospels written. Excellent for scholars, students, those charge with pastoral responsibilities or the interested reading public, The Historical Jesus in Context provides background and insights that illumine the gospel record in delightfully unexpected ways."--Stephen Morris, European Legacy

Princeton Readings in Religionsp. v
Contributorsp. ix
Acknowledgmentsp. xi
Introductionp. 1
Archaeological Contributions to the Study of Jesus and the Gospelsp. 40
Josephus on John the Baptist and Other Jewish Prophets of Deliverancep. 55
Abba and Father: Imperial Theology in the Contexts of Jesus and the Gospelsp. 64
Miraculous Conceptions and Births in Mediterranean Antiquityp. 79
First and Second Enoch: A Cry against Oppression and the Promise of Deliverancep. 87
Jesus and the Dead Sea Scrollsp. 110
The Chreiap. 132
The Galilean Charismatic and Rabbinic Piety: The Holy Man in the Talmudic Literaturep. 149
Miracle Stories: The God Asclepius, the Pythagorean Philosophers, and the Roman Rulersp. 166
The Mithras Liturgyp. 179
Apuleius of Madaurosp. 193
The Parable in the Hebrew Bible and Rabbinic Literaturep. 206
The Aesop Traditionp. 222
Targum, Jesus, and the Gospelsp. 238
The Psalms of Solomonp. 256
Moral and Ritual Purityp. 266
Gospel and Talmudp. 285
Philo of Alexandriap. 296
The Law of Roman Divorce in the Time of Christp. 309
Associations in the Ancient Worldp. 323
Anointing Traditionsp. 339
The Passover Haggadahp. 343
Joseph and Aseneth: Food as an Identityp. 357
The Pliny and Trajan Correspondencep. 366
Imitations of Greek Epic in the Gospelsp. 372
Narratives of Noble Deathp. 385
Isaiah 53:1-12 (Septuagint)p. 400
Thallus on the Crucifixionp. 405
Mapsp. 407
Glossaryp. 409
Index of Ancient Worksp. 417
Index of Ancient Personsp. 435
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ISBN: 9780691009926
ISBN-10: 0691009929
Series: Princeton Readings in Religions
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 456
Published: 5th November 2006
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.6 x 15.7  x 3.1
Weight (kg): 0.65