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Evans takes on many sensational claims that have been proposed in recent books and peddled in the media, and uses actual archaeological findings to uncover the truth about several key pieces of Jesus' world. For example, what was the village of Nazareth actually like in the time of Jesus? Did synagogues really exist, as the Gospels say? What does archaeology tell us about the ruling priests who condemned Jesus to death? Has the tomb of Jesus really been found, as has been claimed? Evans's engaging prose enables all readers to understand and critique the latest theories--both the sober and the sensational--about who Jesus was and how he lived and died.
- Questions are included at the end of each chapter, making this book ideal for group or individual study.
Number of Pages: 208
Vendor: Westminster John Knox Press
Publication Date: 2012
Availability: In Stock
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Questions for discussion and reflection are available at www.wjkbooks.com, making this book ideal for group or individual study.
-James F. Strange,
Professor of Religious Studies and Director of Graduate Studies, University of South Florida
Although written for non-experts, this up-to-date survey of a truly fascinating topic has much to teach experts, too. Particularly noteworthy is the thought provoking case for widespread literacy in Jesus' Jewish world, a case that goes against much recent work.
Errett M. Grable Professor of New Testament and Early Christianity, Pittsburgh Theological Seminary
A masterful, erudite, and well-written review of the archaeology of the world of Jesus. Highly recommended for students and scholars alike.
Chair of the Department of Archaeology, University of the Holy Land, Jerusalem
Craig Evans has a gift for synthesizing large swaths of complicated, technical material, identifying its most significant implications, and making it accessible to non-specialists. Scholars, students, and general readers will benefit from this engaging overview of how archaeological finds illuminate the life of Jesus, from Galilee to the grave.
-Mark A. Chancey,
Associate Professor in the Department of Religious Studies, Southern Methodist University
This book, by a leading New Testament scholar, is a user-friendly introduction to what the main issues are and what archaeology can contribute to the search for the Jesus of history. Evans's book is a fine useful entry point for considering important but often neglected sources and their impact on our understanding of the historical Jesus.
Associate Professor of New Testament and Early Judaism, McMaster University
This fascinating work proves that you don't have to be either a scientist or a doubter to truly understand the times and places that populate the New Testament...In a field of crowded critics, this brief work is a refreshing and readable alternative and will be warmly welcomed by many, scholars and students alike.
"Craig Evans has done a favor for the lay public, college students, seminary students, and likely more than a few scholars in the writing of this book. We expect clarity, accuracy, and detailed knowledge from Evans, and he delivers it. Readers at many levels will be grateful for being spared archaeological jargon and for his many insights." James F. Strange, Professor of Religious Studies and Director of Graduate Studies, University of South Florida
"Although written for non-experts, this up-to-date survey of a truly fascinating topic has much to teach the experts, too. Particularly noteworthy is the thought-provoking case for widespread literacy in Jesus' Jewish world, a case that goes against much recent work." Dale C. Allison Jr., Errett M. Grable Professor of New Testament and Early Christianity, Pittsburgh Theological Seminary
"Craig Evans has a gift for synthesizing large swaths of complicated, technical material, identifying its most significant implications, and making it accessible to non-specialists. Scholars, students, and general readers will benefit from this engaging overview of how archaeological finds illuminate the life of Jesus, from Galilee to the grave." Mark A. Chancey, Associate Professor of Religious Studies, Southern Methodist University
"In 1943 F. F. Bruce, the distinguished New Testament scholar wrote a classic work, The New Testament Documents: Are They Reliable? Many challenges to the credibility of the Gospels have been raised since then by some skeptical scholars. Craig Evans, with a mastery of all of the relevant archaeological, inscriptional and literary evidence answers in a lucid exposition the question discussed by Bruce with a resounding 'Yes'." Edwin M. Yamauchi, Professor Emeritus of History, Miami University
Graham CudlippPrescott, OntarioAge: Over 65Gender: male5 Stars Out Of 5Super backgroud to the Bible mini seriesApril 19, 2013Graham CudlippPrescott, OntarioAge: Over 65Gender: maleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5I bought this book after hearing that Dr Evans assisted Mark and Rona with the Bible mini series.
I was not disappointed in learning more about the times of our Lord.
YoteWhittier, CAAge: Over 65Gender: male5 Stars Out Of 5Presents important N T archaeological facts.April 3, 2013YoteWhittier, CAAge: Over 65Gender: maleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5I appreciate Craig Evan because of his extensive knowledge of the archaeological data and for his taking the New Testament writings as serious historical documents.
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