The Historical Figure of Jesus Paperback – 30 Nov 1995
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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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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.
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.
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Writing style is not easy to read, and the rather yellow cheap paper and low contrast type font don't help. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Cardinal Biggles
The book is an all round well written piece on the matter, it isn't too difficult to read and covers the main ideas within the topic of the historical Jesus. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Anon
The author repeatedly states that there's quite a lot we know about Jesus but then he says the only evidence comes from the Gospels and Paul's letters. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Neil Bowick
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 7 months ago by Jo Dougal
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