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Who's Who in the Age of Jesus

Hardback|Nov 2005
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"Who's Who in the Age of Jesus is an ambitious and enjoyable attempt to sift through the sources for the period to create biographies of all the major (and some fascinating minor) figures from Jesus's era. The book allows readers...


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"Who's Who in the Age of Jesus is an ambitious and enjoyable attempt to sift through the sources for the period to create biographies of all the major (and some fascinating minor) figures from Jesus's era. The book allows readers to understand a Jewish, Roman and Hellenistic world crowded with explosive, mutually antagonistic groups - a world that would give rise both to a new Judaism and ultimately to Christianity."--BOOK JACKET. Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved
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The books of the New Testament are some of the most extraordinary documents ever created - brilliant, vivid works central to the lives of many millions of readers over the centuries. Yet, the picture they give of Jesus' world is a very partial one. Written thirty to eighty years after the events they describe and with very specific doctrinal aims they addressed a Greek-speaking audience when Christianity was at its most precarious. Geza Vermes, one of the world's foremost biblical scholars, is uniquely positioned to guide the reader through the many conundrums presented by the New Testament. Who's Who in the Age of Jesus is an ambitious and enjoyable attempt to sift through all the sources for the period to create biographies of the major (and some fascinating minor) figures from Jesus' era. The book allows readers to understand a Jewish, Roman and Hellenistic world crowded with explosive, mutually antagonistic groups - a world which would give rise both to a new Judaism and ultimately to Christianity.
-Publisher

The books of the "New Testament" are some of the most extraordinary documents ever created - brilliant, vivid works central to the lives of many millions of readers over the centuries. Yet, the picture they give of Jesus' world is a very partial one. Written thirty to eighty years after the events they describe and with very specific doctrinal aims they addressed a Greek-speaking audience when Christianity was at its most precarious. Geza Vermes, one of the world's foremost biblical scholars, is uniquely positioned to guide the reader through the many conundrums presented by the New Testament."Who's Who in the Age of Jesus" is an ambitious and enjoyable attempt to sift through all the sources for the period to create biographies of the major (and some fascinating minor) figures from Jesus' era. The book allows readers to understand a Jewish, Roman and Hellenistic world crowded with explosive, mutually antagonistic groups - a world which would give rise both to a new Judaism and ultimately to Christianity.From detailed, convincing portraits of Jesus, John, the Baptist, Pontius Pilate, Herod and other key "New Testament" figures to the Jewish and Roman leaders like Hillel, Caiaphas, Augustus, Vespasian and Titus, hardly or not at all mentioned in the Gospels or the "Acts of the Apostles", Geza Vermes' illustrated "Who's Who" will throw much fresh light on the age of Jesus and provoke innumerable arguments and discussions.
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Geza Vermes

Geza Vermes is one of the world's leading authorities on Judaism in the age of Jesus. His pioneering work on the Dead Sea Scrolls and the historical Jesus led to his appointment as a Christian as the first Professor of Jewish Studies at Oxford, where he is now Professor Emeritus. His Complete Dead Sea Scrolls,first published in 1962, since revised and edited, and now in its sixth printing,is widely considered a classic and foundational text. Since 1991, he has been the director of the Forum for Qumran Research at the Oxford Centre for Hebrew and Jewish Studies, and he was elected Fellow of the British Academy in 1985 and of the European Academy in 2001. Some of his published works include The Nativity, The Resurrection, The Authentic Gospel of Jesus, Jesus the Jew and The Passion.

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