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A Marginal Jew: Mentor, Message and Miracles v. 2: Rethinking the Historical Jesus (Marginal Jew; Rethinking the Historical Jesus) (The Anchor Yale Bible Reference Library) Hardcover – 3 Dec 2007


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  • Hardcover: 1118 pages
  • Publisher: Yale University Press (3 Dec 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0300140339
  • ISBN-13: 978-0300140330
  • Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 16.5 x 23.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 476,940 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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In my opinion Meier's work demonstrates an inspirational devotion to scholarly integrity and to his subject matter. A must for every seminary student.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jean Pierre EID on 29 Nov 2013
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the Book is in a good quality and it is just what I wanted !! Even it arrived on the right time !!! THX !!!!
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1 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Gilbert Michaud on 19 Aug 2009
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this research on the historical jesus is a huge work this volume two of the series is the best so far.
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Massive, Approachable, and Beautifully Written (4.5 Stars) 22 Aug 2012
By Brian J. Hendricks - Published on Amazon.com
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Fr. John Meier carries forward the momentum and objective approach that was witnessed to in his first volume. This second volume of the series is twice as big as the first volume and does have a slightly more technical feel to it because the material that he works with here demands it. This is not to say, that the book is so technical that it is not for everyone. It will take a little more work for most readers, but it is well worth it.

As the Title tells us, this volume deals with Jesus' mentor, his message, and his miracles. The mentor material is outstanding and clearly written. I have learned more from this volume in respect to John the Baptist and his relation to Jesus than I ever thought possible. The second part is equally as rewarding as far as Meier's development of the "message" material. He does a fabulous job of disposing of some of the previous theories as far as Jesus being nothing more than an apocalyptic prophet in the mold of Sanders and Schweitzer. While engaging this material, Meier always manages to stay on course and never veers off into the realm of Christian apologetics. He is masterful in explaining the proper background and how this message would have been viewed in the context of Jesus' world and time. The book concludes with perhaps the most technical yet impressively rewarding part of it. This would be the attempt to diagnose what the "miracles" were that Jesus performed. He maintains the integrity that he set forth in volume 1 and anyone reading this book will now have come to expect from him.

The best thing about these two volumes is the ease from which John Meier writes. His precision and technicality are not washed away with the accessibility of the text. The most intriguing thing about the book is that regardless of what your stance is when you start to read the book; it will be challenged. This is the greatest attribute of the book, clarity of thought and a methodical approach that attempts to remain as objective as one taking on such a task must always attempt to be.

A fantastic read and eventual source for many many years to come.
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An Outstanding "Detective Story" 12 Feb 2014
By Tracy Cramer - Published on Amazon.com
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The goal of this long (though 10-15% of the contents are Notes) but extremely rewarding book is to answer some questions about what scholars can and cannot say about what the historical Jesus said and did.

To that end, Mr. Meier deals sets out answer three big questions in this volume:
1. What was Jesus' relationship to his mentor, John the Baptist?
2. What was Jesus' main message?
3. What can be said about the miracles that Jesus was said to have performed? (A lot!)

Using five criteria for establishing degrees of historical probability (from "not very likely" to "very probable"), he then, like a great detective, without any presuppositions, sifts through all the available data see if there if there are any historical nuggets or kernels remaining.

Though this sounds like it may be very technical and dry, it is not. Mr. Meier's great gift is to make his careful and considered process of thinking (as well as the thoughts of other scholars) transparent at all stages so that you can see for yourself how he arrives at his judicious conclusions. So in spite of the depth of his erudition, he somehow manages to communicate this scholarly process with a lightness of touch and sense of humor that makes this "long and dusty road" as he calls it, a real pleasure to travel.

No, this book is not a narration of his conclusions, but a journey that you take with Mr. Meier as he leads you from, through and to one thought to the next in his effort to construct a picture of the historical (not theological) Jesus based not on what we would like to see, but on what the data reveal.

I look forward to reading Volume Three.
What a great treasure is The Marginal Jew 21 April 2013
By PamGunn - Published on Amazon.com
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I have to admit that I took my time reading this first volume. I have the part II waiting for me now to begin. The first vol. of this book is at times repetitive and slow going. Meier takes his sweet time debating back and forth various issues. He is clear that he knows he cannot prove anything, really, but he uses various types of reasoning to make his points. I learned a lot reading Vol. I, and I have to say that the big thing that was new to me is how very little of the Bible is corroborated outside the Bible. The Episcopal Priest at the church I attend often brings Meier's writings into sermons and reading Meier has helped to deepen my understanding of SOME of what our fabulous Priest is talking about. Tons and tons of footnotes. Lots to think about.
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Profound ,deeply researched tome. 14 Oct 2010
By Aveena Magdalena Lourdes - Published on Amazon.com
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This book was referred to me by Father Spitzer in one of his earlier 6 part studies. I value his opinion very highly and was certainly not disappointed by this selection.
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By John E. Banks - Published on Amazon.com
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A beautiful book, but really an apology for established beliefs. It contains too much worthy comment in the footnotes, and the analysis ends where it begins.
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