The Message and the Kingdom
"Two distinguished scholars blend archaeology and social history in a new version of the genesis of Christianity." "Richard A. Horsley and Neil Asher Silberman reveal how the message of Jesus and Paul was profoundly shaped by the history of their...
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"Two distinguished scholars blend archaeology and social history in a new version of the genesis of Christianity." "Richard A. Horsley and Neil Asher Silberman reveal how the message of Jesus and Paul was profoundly shaped by the history of their time and by the circumstances and social conditions of the congregations to whom they preached. The authors draw on a wealth of newly uncovered historical information and archaeological discoveries: among others, the soggy timbers of a fisherman's boat submerged in the mud of the Sea of Galilee for more than two thousand years, which suggest the kind of vessel that might have been used by the fishermen-disciples; the ruins of the ancient harbor city of Caesarea, where the name of the notorious Roman governor Pontius Pilate has been identified on a fragmentary Latin inscription; and an ornate urn found in an ancient tomb just south of the Old City of Jerusalem, inscribed with the name of Joseph Caiaphas, the high priest who presided over Jesus' trial. What emerges is a fascinating portrait of Jesus and Paul as great men of faith and passion who were moved by the suffering caused by the dominion of Rome and who offered a renewed religion - a kingdom in which no earthly power would reign."--BOOK JACKET. Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved
Two thousand years ago, in a tiny land on the fringes of the Roman Empire, Jesus spoke to people who were suffering under the tyranny of Rome and the crushing Temple tax in Jerusalem. His message was not unlike that of the prophets who came before him, but it ignited his listeners and infuriated the Roman imperial establishment. Some years after the death of Jesus, Saul of Tarsus has a vision that convinced him to carry the message throughout the empire. This well-known story changed the world.Now, in The Message and the Kingdom, two distinguished scholars reveal how the message of Jesus and Paul was profoundly shaped by the down-to-earth history of their time and by the circumstances of the congregations to whom they preached. The incredible wealth of new information unearthed by archaeology and provided by social history allows them to place Jesus? message squarely in its social and historical context.What emerges is a radical interpretation of the historical Jesus and of Paul as men of great faith and passion who were moved by the suffering caused by the dominion of Rome and who offered a renewed religion?a Kingdom in which no earthly power would reign. Set against the background of Rome and its client states, The Message of the Kingdom offers a vision of continuity, providing an extraordinarily vivid picture of the earliest Christian communities. A fresh interpretation of the lives of Jesus and Paul and the earliest Christians, it is certain to challenge and excite.
Richard A. Horsley, is Distinguished Professor of Liberal Arts and the Study of Religion at the University of Massachusetts, Boston. He is author of numerous books, including The Message and the Kingdom: How Jesus and Paul Ignited a Revolution and Transformed the Ancient World; Jesus and the Spiral of Violence; Jesus and the Empire; Galilee: History, Politics, People; Archaeology, History; Wisdom and Spiritual Transcendence at Corinth and 1 Corinthians (Abingdon New Testament Commentary).
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