- Paperback: 352 pages
- Publisher: Penguin; New Ed edition (30 Nov. 1995)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0140144994
- ISBN-13: 978-0140144994
- Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 1.6 x 19.8 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 98,767 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author
Ed Sanders was a Professor of Religion at Duke University until 2005. His other works include Paul and Jesus and Judaism.
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Sanders is correct to state that the study of the historical Jesus is a perilous and frustrating task, not least due to the lack of sources. Sanders cleverly provides a setting for Jesus, putting him fully in his times of first century Galilee and Judaea. He places Jesus vis a vis Judaism and the political climate of Jesus' time. The strength of this book is that it is not encumbered with theology, but is an appraisal of Jesus the man, someone who had, or believed he had, an intimate relationship with God and who saw himself as the man to prepare the Jews for the coming of the kingdom. As Sanders correctly concludes, as a result Jesus was more of a teacher and a prophet than a preacher of repentance.
All in all a recommended book for both Christians and non-Christians wanting a good introduction to Jesus, without sensationalism, be it theological or pseudo-historical.
Professor Sanders has been studying this period since the 1960s and appears to be regarded as knowledgeable on Jesus (as well as on Paul). I am not in a position to judge, but certainly the book seems more authoritative than some similar titles written by journalists or by those with a proselytising agenda. Although raised in the Church of England, I read this book as a complete layman.Read more ›
Sanders has not only created a book that is authorative and intelletucual, but he does what other academics fail to do - he makes it readable. Sanders focuses only on what can be proved or dissproved and rarely goes into speculation. If he does he always tempers it with a 'we infer'. Sanders goes into some detail about the historical setting of Jerusalm and Jewdasim at Jesus' time to build his case.
What he doesn't do is go into great details about his birth or upbringing, because quite simply, he has no proof or knowledge of it.
Very much a recommended read for all those that interested in trying to understand the facts of Jesus' life as opposed to speculating on it.
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This is an excellent book. Well researched and fascinating without being melodramatic and fanciful. So the three stars are for the fact that the seller advertised it as a hardback... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Jo Dougal
A must read for anyone interested in religion in general and Christianity in particular.Published 16 months ago by michael g.floyd
I appreciate author's respect for the subject of his studies.
Yet to me and people like me existence of God and event of sending Humankind
His Son with the message are... Read more
Forget the rest until you've read Sanders. This is the best layman's introduction to the Historical Jesus. Comprehensive, scholarly, accesible, it's fascinating.Published 22 months ago by Ap
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