Jonathan Knight provides a useful overview and guide to the main issues in current research into the historical Jesus, making a major contribution to this topic of international debate. Whereas some scholars think that Jesus' journey to Jerusalem was a...
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Jonathan Knight provides a useful overview and guide to the main issues in current research into the historical Jesus, making a major contribution to this topic of international debate. Whereas some scholars think that Jesus' journey to Jerusalem was a funeral march to victory, Knight argues that Jesus travelled there inspired by eschatological hope. On his arrival, Jesus performed symbolic acts such as the Triumphal Entry, the Cleansing of the Temple and the Last Supper as part of the eschatological process which he thought would herald the arrival of the Son of Man and thus yield dramatic change. While the mindset of Jesus remains obscure to us (not least because of the nature of the sources), this book represents a new and creative attempt to set Jesus in the context of apocalyptic Judaism and to restore eschatological hope to the centre of his message.
This series provides the ideal starting-point for all who want to understand how contemporary biblical scholarship is opening up fresh perspectives on the Hebrew and Christian scriptures.
This new series is designed with the needs of introductory level students in mind. It will also appeal to general readers who want to be better informed about the latest advances in our understanding of the Bible and of the intellectual, political and religious world in which it was formed. The authors in this series bring to light the methods and insights of a whole range of disciplines -- including archaeology, history, literary criticism and the social sciences -- while also introducing fresh insights and approaches arising from their own research. Book jacket.
Knight is a priest in the Church of England.
- 1. The Story Behind The Story (p. 1); 2. What Are They Saying About Jesus? (p. 22); 3. The Birth Of Jesus Christ Was On This Wise (p. 75); 4. The Beginning Of The Good News About Jesus Christ (p. 106); 5. The Kingdom Of God Has Come Near (p. 133); 6. Thy Kingdom Come! (p. 164); 7. And He Cured Many Who Were Sick (p. 191); 8. Hosanna To The Son Of Davidl (p. 208); 9. Crucified Under Pontius Pilate (p. 235); 10. He Has Been Raised; He Is Not Here (p. 254); 11. The Significance Of Jesus (p. 295)