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Every student of the historical Jesus needs to read this.,
This review is from: Jesus the Jew (SCM Classics) (Paperback)
Put quite simply, every student of the historical Jesus should have this book in their library. Yes, to the general reader the title may be a tough, even boring read, but you cannot fault Vermes for his meticulous, detail oriented research.
I particularily liked his study of the term 'son of god' which actually has a Jewish history predating Jesus - originally it meant someone who was pious and close to god. Of course, Christians have taken this term literally. But it does remind us that Jesus was very much a Jew of his age.