Paula Fredriksen is one of my favorite writers on the historical Jesus. Her prose is always precise and to the point. In addition, every sentence she writes has something to say, and every paragraph makes a point. She does not waste your time with laying out her thinking for you; she simply delivers her ideas with nothing extraneous.
In this book she asks:
1. "if we can draw causal and explanatory connections between what Jesus taught,"
2. "why and how he died,"
3. "and why and how the earliest Christian movement took the shapes it did."
She answers these questions by creating a vivid portrait of Jesus' time, and of Jesus himself as an eschatological prophet.
In the process of doing that she also addresses and disposes of some of the other portraits of Jesus that have been painted by other contemporary scholars such as John Dominic Crossan.
And finally, one of the most interesting parts of the book, whether you agree with her thesis or not, is her explanation of why the evangelist John's chronology of Jesus' ministry, with multiple trips to Jerusalem, (instead of the single trip as outlined by the evangelist Mark) best explains why, in the end, Jesus was crucified.
- Paperback: 352 pages
- Publisher: VINTAGE USA - MASS MARKET; 1 edition (15 January 2001)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0679767460
- ISBN-13: 978-0679767466
- Product Dimensions: 13.1 x 2 x 20.2 cm
- Boxed-product Weight: 340 g
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