Jesus Outside the New Testament (Studying The Historical Jesus Series)
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Did Jesus actually exist? Can anything meaningful be said about his life and teaching? This new volume in the Studying the Historical Jesus series examines the ancient evidence outside the New Testament -- the Roman, Jewish, pre-Christian and post-Christian writings that are believed to mention Jesus. Robert Van Voorst's fascinating look at the early Christian and non-Christian record includes fresh translations of the relevant texts that deal with Jesus. His investigation leads to a range of conclusions concerning the usefulness of antique writings in reconstructing the historical Jesus.
Did Jesus actually exist? Much has been written recently on this subject, including numerous books examining the New Testament record of Jesus' life. Now Robert Van Voorst presents and critiques the ancient evidence outside the New Testament-the Roman, Jewish, pre-New Testament, and post-New Testament writings that mention Jesus. This fascinating study of the early Christian and non-Christian record includes fresh translations of all the relevant texts. Van Voorst shows how and to what extent these ancient writings can be used to help reconstruct the historical Jesus.
Dr. Robert Van Voorst, Professor of New Testament Studies at Western Theological Seminary in Holland, Michigan, has written frequently on theology and ministry in various noted journals. In addition, he has authored numerous books, including four with Wadsworth: READINGS IN CHRISTIANITY, Second Edition; ANTHOLOGY OF WORLD SCRIPTURES, Fifth Edition; ANTHOLOGY OF ASIAN SCRIPTURES; and his newest title, READING THE NEW TESTAMENT TODAY. Other books by Robert Van Voorst are BUILDING YOUR NEW TESTAMENT GREEK VOCABULARY, Second Edition; THE ASCENTS OF JAMES, a recovery and commentary on a second-cent