A Marginal Jew: v. 1: Rethinking the Historical Jesus (Anchor Bible) Hardcover – 31 Dec 1996
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Meier's text is full of wry observations on the contrast between the Jesus of history and the Jesus of contemporary imagination. For example, as a carpenter, or "woodworker" (Greek "tekton"), his work as an adolescent "involved no little sweat and muscle power. The airy weakling often presented to us in pious paintings and Hollywood movies would hardly have survived the rigors of being Nazareth's tekton from his youth to his early thirties." (p. 281) In other words, Jesus would probably have been a strapping lad!Read more ›
Some bay feel put off by the size of the book, but as an example, Chapter 4 is 23 pages, but only 10 pages of that are the text, and the headings and sub-headings take up a fair bit of space, so less than half of the pages actually need to be read, and those that do need to be read are in short sections. The other pages are the notes that only need to be read if you wish to. It is not nearly as intimidating as it looks.
I found Meier’s style to be very readable. Yes, of course, some of the analysis and refutations of silly assertions can be a little convoluted at times, but these are few and far between. Taking this book in short bursts I read it in two days.
Some may question why Jesus’ marital status (single) needs to be analysed, but with people taking their impressions of Christianity from writers like Dan Brown and Prof Dawkins, rather than by the hard-core experience of trying it out for several years, there is a great deal of drivel being passed off as fact.Read more ›
In short, this is a good book provided one absolutely realises the limited nature of such works engaged in seeking to find out what really happened.
Readers of these books should also read Pope Benedict's "Jesus of Nazareth" to arrive at a balanced perspective.
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Meier weighs up the evidence to give us an "objective" view of Jesus, the man, who died under Pontius Pilate, nearly 2000 years ago. Read morePublished on 1 Nov. 2007 by Aquinas
As a non-believer in a historical Jesus, but nonetheless a student of the NT I have encountered a few footnotes quoting Meier's work on the historical Jesus and so I bought the... Read morePublished on 3 Oct. 2001
I Find it very interesting for people who is starting to learn about Scriptures and the historical basis of the bible. Read morePublished on 4 April 1998
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