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Jesus Christ

Paperback|Mar 2007
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Illuminating the life of Jesus--his historical context, his religious teachings, and the changing perceptions of him over the centuries--this lavishly illustrated volume offers one of the most comprehensive and authoritative accounts available of this great and charismatic man. Featuring some...


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Illuminating the life of Jesus--his historical context, his religious teachings, and the changing perceptions of him over the centuries--this lavishly illustrated volume offers one of the most comprehensive and authoritative accounts available of this great and charismatic man.
Featuring some 180 illustrations (including 20 full-color maps) and numerous boxed and sidebar features that shed light on interesting facets of the story,Jesus Christpaints a vivid portrait of Christ's life from the Nativity to the Ascension. Drawing on the Gospels and other evidence, J. R. Porter disentangles many of the mysteries and confusions surrounding the life of the historical Jesus--such as the role of women in his career and the political issues surrounding his trial--and paints a detailed background portrait of all aspects of society in first-century Palestine, from the fishing communities of Lake Galilee to life under Roman rule. Porter also explores the teachings of Christ, looking at his use of parable, his view of Hebrew Scriptures, his attitude toward the law, and his thinking about the Kingdom of God. The book assesses the many interpretations of Christ through the ages, from his immediate impact on the early Church, to the changing image of Jesus in art and illustration, to his perceived role as apocalyptic preacher, revolutionary, mystic, and prophet.
A marvelous gift at Easter time or for a child's confirmation, this attractive, informative volume gives us an inspiring portrait of one of the most complex figures in world history.

-Publisher

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J R Porter

J. R. Porter is professor emeritus of theology at the University of Exeter and a former fellow of Oriel College, University of Oxford. His many publications include "The Illustrated Guide to the Bible, Moses and Monarchy," and Proclamation and Presence. He has also contributed to many works of reference, including the "Harper Bible Dictionary" and the "Oxford Companion to the Bible,"

  • Introduction
  • The Setting
  • The Geographical Background
  • The Political Background
  • The Religious Background
  • Society And Economy -
  • The Life
  • Sources
  • The Birth Of Jesus
  • Infancy And Youth
  • The Call To Ministry
  • The Ministry Of Galilee
  • The Approach Of The Passion
  • Condemnation And Crucifixion
  • The Aftermath
  • The Teachings
  • How Jesus Taught
  • The Ethics Of Jesus
  • Interpretations
  • How Jesus Saw Himself
  • The Man And The Message
  • Jesus In Art
  • Glossary
  • Abbreviations
  • Bibliography
  • Index
  • Picture Credits

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