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The Historical Jesus in Context

Amy-Jill Levine (Ed)John Dominic Crossan (Ed)Dale C Allison (Ed)

The Historical Jesus in Context

Amy-Jill Levine (Ed)John Dominic Crossan (Ed)Dale C Allison (Ed)

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The Historical Jesus in Contextis a landmark collection that places the gospel narratives in their full literary, social, and archaeological context. More than twenty-five internationally recognized experts offer new translations and descriptions of a broad range of texts that shed new light on the Jesus of history, including pagan prayers and private inscriptions, miracle tales and martyrdoms, parables and fables, divorce decrees and imperial propaganda.

The translated materials--from Christian, Coptic, and Jewish as well as Greek, Roman, and Egyptian texts--extend beyond single phrases to encompass the full context, thus allowing readers to locate Jesus in a broader cultural setting than is usually made available. This book demonstrates that only by knowing the world in which Jesus lived and taught can we fully understand him, his message, and the spread of the Gospel.

Gathering in one place material that was previously available only in disparate sources, this formidable book provides innovative insight into matters no less grand than first-century Jewish and Gentile life, the composition of the Gospels, and Jesus himself.



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About "The Historical Jesus in Context"

The Historical Jesus in Contextis a landmark collection that places the gospel narratives in their full literary, social, and archaeological context. More than twenty-five internationally recognized experts offer new translations and descriptions of a broad range of texts that shed new light on the Jesus of history, including pagan prayers and private inscriptions, miracle tales and martyrdoms, parables and fables, divorce decrees and imperial propaganda.

The translated materials--from Christian, Coptic, and Jewish as well as Greek, Roman, and Egyptian texts--extend beyond single phrases to encompass the full context, thus allowing readers to locate Jesus in a broader cultural setting than is usually made available. This book demonstrates that only by knowing the world in which Jesus lived and taught can we fully understand him, his message, and the spread of the Gospel.

Gathering in one place material that was previously available only in disparate sources, this formidable book provides innovative insight into matters no less grand than first-century Jewish and Gentile life, the composition of the Gospels, and Jesus himself.


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Meet the Authors

Amy-Jill Levine (Ed)

Amy-Jill Levine (Ph.D., Duke University, D.Min., University of Richmond) is E. Rhodes and Leona B. Carpenter Professor of New Testament Studies at Vanderbilt University Divinity School, Department of Religious Studies, and Graduate Department of Religion. Levine has been awarded grants from the Mellon Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the American Council of Learned Societies. She has held office in the Society of Biblical Literature, the Catholic Biblical Association, and the Association for Jewish Studies. Her most recent publications include The Misunderstood Jew: The Church and the Scandal of the Jewish Jesus (HarperSanFrancisco, 2006), the edited collection, The Historical Jesus in Context (Princeton University Press, 2006) and the fourteen-volume series, Feminist Companions to the New Testament and Early Christian Writings (Continuum).

Table Of Contents

  • Princeton Readings In Religions V Contributors Ix Introduction By Amy-jill Levine 1 Chapter 1: Archaeological Contributions To The Study Of Jesus And The Gospels By Jonathan L. Reed 40 Chapter 2: Josephus On John The Baptist And Other Jewish Prophets Of Deliverance By Craig A. Evans 55 Chapter 3: Abba And Father: Imperial Theology In The Contexts Of Jesus And The Gospels By Mary Rose D'angelo 64 Chapter 4: Miraculous Conceptions And Births In Mediterranean Antiquity By Charles H. Talbert 79 Chapter 5: First And Second Enoch: A Cry Against Oppression And The Promise Of Deliverance By George W. E. Nickelsburg 87 Chapter 6: Jesus And The Dead Sea Scrolls By Peter Flint 110 Chapter 7: The Chreia By David B. Gowler 132 Chapter 8: The Galilean Charismatic And Rabbinic Piety: The Holy Man In The Talmudic Literature By Alan J. Avery-peck 149 Chapter 9: Miracle Stories: The God Asclepius, The Pythagorean Philosophers, And The Roman Rulers By Wendy Cotter, C.s.j. 166 Chapter 10: The Mithras Liturgy By Marvin Meyer 179 Chapter 11: Apuleius Of Madauros By Ian H. Henderson 193 Chapter 12: The Parable In The Hebrew Bible And Rabbinic Literature By Gary G. Porton 206 Chapter 13: The Aesop Tradition By Lawrence M. Wills 222 Chapter 14: Targum, Jesus, And The Gospels By Bruce Chilton 238 Chapter 15: The Psalms Of Solomon By Joseph L. Trafton 256 Chapter 16: Moral And Ritual Purity By Jonathan Klawans 266 Chapter 17: Gospel And Talmud By Herbert W. Basser 285 Chapter 18: Philo Of Alexandria By Gregory E. Sterling 296 Chapter 19: The Law Of Roman Divorce In The Time Of Christ By Thomas A. J. Mcginn 309 Chapter 20: Associations In The Ancient World By John S. Kloppenborg 323 Chapter 21: Anointing Traditions By Teresa J. Hornsby 339 Chapter 22: The Passover Haggadah By Calum Carmichael 343 Chapter 23: Joseph And Aseneth: Food As An Identity Marker By Randall D. Chesnutt 357 Chapter 24: The Pliny And Trajan Correspondence By Bradley M. Peper And Mark Delcogliano 366 Chapter 25: Imitations Of Greek Epic In The Gospels By Dennis R. Macdonald 372 Chapter 26: Narratives Of Noble Death By Robert Doran 385 Chapter 27: Isaiah 53:1-12 (septuagint) By Ben Witherington Iii 400 Chapter 28: Thallus On The Crucifixion By Dale C. Allison Jr. 405 Maps 407 Glossary 409 Index Of Ancient Works 417 Index Of Ancient Persons 435

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  • Catalogue Code 308158
  • Product Code 9780691009926
  • ISBN 0691009929
  • EAN 9780691009926
  • Pages 440
  • Department Academic
  • Category Biblical Studies
  • Sub-Category Christ
  • Publisher Princeton University Press
  • Publication Date Oct 2006
  • Sales Rank #48563
  • Dimensions 234 x 155 x 24 mm
  • Weight 0.631kg

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