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Who Killed Jesus?

John Dominic Crossan

Who Killed Jesus?

John Dominic Crossan

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This passionately argued book, written by the bestselling author of The Historical Jesus and Jesus: A Revolutionary Biography, will strike a chord with 'anyone concerned with the rising tide of anti-Semitism in our world, anyone fascinated by the origins of Christianity, and anyone who likes a good mystery' (Susannah Heschel). 'An excellent study'.--Library Journal.

- Publisher The death of Jesus is one of the most hotly debated questions in Christianity today. In his massive and highly publicized The Death of the Messiah, Raymond Brown -- while clearly rejecting anti-Semitism -- never questions the essential historicity of the passion stories. Yet it is these stories, in which the Jews decide Jesus' execution, that have fueled centuries of Christian anti-Semitism.

Now, in his most controversial book, John Dominic Crossan shows that this traditional understanding of the Gospels as historical fact is not only wrong but dangerous. Drawing on the best of biblical, anthropological, sociological and historical research, he demonstrates definitively that it was the Roman government that tried and executed Jesus as a social agitator. Crossan also candidly addresses such key theological questions as "Did Jesus die for our sins?" and "Is our faith in vain if there was no bodily resurrection?"

Ultimately, however, Crossan's radical reexamination shows that the belief that the Jews killed Jesus is an early Christian myth (directed against rival Jewish groups) that must be eradicated from authentic Christian faith.



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About "Who Killed Jesus?"

This passionately argued book, written by the bestselling author of The Historical Jesus and Jesus: A Revolutionary Biography, will strike a chord with 'anyone concerned with the rising tide of anti-Semitism in our world, anyone fascinated by the origins of Christianity, and anyone who likes a good mystery' (Susannah Heschel). 'An excellent study'.--Library Journal.
- Publisher

The death of Jesus is one of the most hotly debated questions in Christianity today. In his massive and highly publicized The Death of the Messiah, Raymond Brown -- while clearly rejecting anti-Semitism -- never questions the essential historicity of the passion stories. Yet it is these stories, in which the Jews decide Jesus' execution, that have fueled centuries of Christian anti-Semitism.

Now, in his most controversial book, John Dominic Crossan shows that this traditional understanding of the Gospels as historical fact is not only wrong but dangerous. Drawing on the best of biblical, anthropological, sociological and historical research, he demonstrates definitively that it was the Roman government that tried and executed Jesus as a social agitator. Crossan also candidly addresses such key theological questions as "Did Jesus die for our sins?" and "Is our faith in vain if there was no bodily resurrection?"

Ultimately, however, Crossan's radical reexamination shows that the belief that the Jews killed Jesus is an early Christian myth (directed against rival Jewish groups) that must be eradicated from authentic Christian faith.


- Publisher

Meet the Author

John Dominic Crossan

John Dominic Crossan, professor emeritus at De Paul University, is widely regarded as one of the foremost historical Jesus scholars of our time. He is the author of several bestselling books, including The Historical Jesus and Jesus: A Revolutionary Biography. He lives in Minneola, Florida.

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  • Catalogue Code 211858
  • Product Code 0060614803
  • EAN 9780060614805
  • Pages 256
  • Department Academic
  • Category Biblical Studies
  • Sub-Category General
  • Publisher Harperone
  • Publication Date Jun 1996
  • Dimensions 177 x 143 x 16 mm
  • Weight 0.198kg

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