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Historical Jesus: A Guide for the Perplexed (Guides for the Perplexed) [Kindle Edition]

Helen Bond
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The introduction to this new guide sets out the sources (Graeco-Roman, Jewish and Christian), noting the problems connected with them, paying particular attention to the nature of the gospels, and the Synoptic versus the Johannine tradition. A substantial section will discuss scholarship on Jesus from the nineteenth century to the explosion of works in the present day, introducing and explaining the three different ‘quests’ for the historical Jesus.

Subsequent chapters will analyse key themes in historical Jesus research: Jesus’ Galilean origins; the scope of his ministry and models of ‘holy men’, particularly that of prophet; Jesus’ teaching and healing; his trial and crucifixion; the highly contentious question of his resurrection; and finally an exploration of the links between the Jesus movement and the early church. Throughout, the (often opposing) positions of a variety of key scholars will be explained and discussed (eg. Sanders, Crossan, Dunn, Wright, Brown).

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Helen Bond is Senior Lecturer in New Testament at the University of Edinburgh, UK.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 483 KB
  • Print Length: 217 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0567033171
  • Publisher: T & T Clark International (29 Mar 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007VN303S
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Helen Bond is a Senior Lecturer at the University of Edinburgh, and Director of the Centre for the Study of Christian Origins. She is interested in all aspects of first century Judaea - from history and culture, to politics and religion. She has also written extensively on the Gospels, the historical Jesus, and the emergence of Christianity. Besides teaching and writing, Helen has also taken part in a number of documentaries for the BBC, Discovery, and National Geographic channels.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent addition to the series 17 Jan 2013
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Helen Bond is Senior Lecturer in New Testament at the University of Edinburgh and Director of the Centre for the Study of Christian Origins based there. Her latest book is a welcome addition to the excellent Guides for the Perplexed series published by Continuum. This series is aimed at upper level undergraduates and interested readers with no specialised knowledge of the subject matter. Bond succeeds admirably in distilling a wealth of scholarship into the book's 200 pages. This reader was so captivated by the easy writing style that he read it from cover to cover in one sitting.

The book consists of thirteen chapters in two parts. The first part consists of background information in two chapters covering the 'quests' for the historical Jesus and the sources for him. The second part consists of a number of 'snapshots' exploring key elements from the life of Jesus: historical context; birth; Galilean origins; John the Baptist; Jesus' message; Jesus as healer and exorcist; his family and supporters; the question as to whether Jesus encountered opposition in Galilee; Jerusalem; trial and execution; and resurrection.

Like many historical Jesus books, Bond begins with a summary of the various quests for the historical Jesus. She rightly recognises that the now conventional division into three quests with a long period of 'no quest' between the 'first quest' and the 'new quest' is problematic in that there are many overlaps and, in particular, the period of 'no quest' actually saw significant works on aspects of the historical Jesus from scholars such as Dodd, Manson and Jeremias and Jewish scholars including Montefiore, Klausner and Eisler.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great. 28 April 2013
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Exactly the product I wanted, good price and it came on time. I Cannot fault the sender or the product.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Great, Highly Readable Work! 17 July 2012
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This book summarizes all of the various "quests" for the historical Jesus. The author is very fair in her descriptions of the various scholars who have written extensively on the subject. She summarizes each scholar's position and explains where each of them have been criticized. She then provides her own sketch of the historical Jesus based on current scholarship. Her arguments are very well-reasoned. Her writing is clear and concise. This book is not meant for a beginner but neither is it meant for a scholar. I highly recommend it to anyone interested in the historical Jesus!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent introduction 19 May 2013
By Anthony Lawson - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a great introduction to historical Jesus studies. The author is sensitive to the many historical-critical issues related to the biblical records and what we can know and not know. The author is willing to show sympathy towards certain positions but without distortion of dissenting views. Highly recommended.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Kindle edition missing some text.... 7 Jan 2013
By JW_ - Published on Amazon.com
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Book is enlightening, but there are problems with missing text in the Kindle edition - doesn't make it unreadable, but it is frustrating... Makes me wonder what I missed without knowing I missed it!
1.0 out of 5 stars Couldn't get through it. 1 July 2014
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Boooooring.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Perplexed Jesus? 10 Feb 2014
By Dr Gerhardt Smidt - Published on Amazon.com
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Good summary about how we got where we are in the historical Jesus academic discussion.
Good explanation why the academic historical Jesus would not recognise himself as the biblical/religious Jesus.
Largely left to the reader to decide whether the academic approach is valid.
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