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Publication Date: 2009
The premier historical Jesus scholar joins a brilliant archaeologist to illuminate the life and teaching of Jesus against the background of his world.
There have been phenomenal advances in the historical understanding of Jesus and his world and times, but also huge, lesser known advances in first–century Palestine archaeology that explain a great deal about Jesus, his followers, and his teachings. This is the first book that combines the two and it does it in a fresh, accessible way that will interest both biblical scholars and students and also the thousands of lay readers of Biblical Archaeology Review (150,000+ circulation), National Geographic, and other archaeology and ancient history books and magazines. Each chapter of the book focuses on a major modern archaeological or textual discovery and shows how that discovery opens a window onto a major feature of Jesus's life and teachings.
John Dominic Crossan, professor emeritus at DePaul University, is widely regarded as the foremost historical Jesus scholar of our time. He is the author of several bestselling books, including The Historical Jesus, How to Read the Bible and Still Be a Christian, God and Empire, Jesus: A Revolutionary Biography, The Greatest Prayer, The Last Week, and The Power of Parable. He lives in Minneola, Florida.
Jonathan L Reed is a leading authority on the archaeology of early Christianity and has excavated in Galilee since 1987. He has conducted research at the Albright Institute for Archaeological Research in Jerusalem, the American Academy in Rome, and the American School of Classical Studies in Athens. He is author of Archaeology and the Galilean Jesus and has co-authored with John Dominic Crossan two bestselling books, Excavating Jesus and In Search of Paul. He is professor of New Testament at the University of La Verne and is on the research council of Claremont Graduate University's world-renowned Institute for Antiquity and Christianity, where he is directing their Galilean Archaeology and the Historical Jesus project.
"This is a fascinating and exhilarating study, which breathes new life into the quest for the historical Jesus."
"An original, nuanced synthesis of archaeological finds and textual exegesis, one that is rich in insights and in provocative interpretations."
"Comprehensive, expertly integrated, and powerfully illuminating...in keeping with the best of current archaeological theory and method."
“An original, nuanced synthesis of archaeological finds and textual exegesis, one that is rich in insights and in provocative interpretations.”
“A fascinating, beautifully illustrated and elegantly written account of the life and times of Jesus.”
“Lucid arguments, elegant prose, beautiful illustrations and skillful weaving of academic disciplines...will edify everyone who reads it.”
Philip TuttSacramento, CAAge: Over 65Gender: male2 Stars Out Of 5DisappointingFebruary 25, 2012Philip TuttSacramento, CAAge: Over 65Gender: maleQuality: 2Value: 1Meets Expectations: 1This book rests on the premise that archaeology and textual exegesis can work together to illuminate the Bible, especially the New Testament. Unfortunately, the promise of that thought is not fulfilled. What develops is a hash in which the interaction between the two disciplines is, at best, confusing. I found it refreshing that, at least, the archaeologist of the two authors admits the limitations of his discipline (p.91). The point that the "synagogue of Jesus" at Capernaum has "no archaeological credibility" is a conclusion reached from the premise that such a synagogue would be among the modest structures "no longer identifiable ... by excavators". The obvious response to this admission (perhaps inadvertent) is that the testimony of the gospels must speak in place of science. Mere lack of "archaeological credibility" means, at least here, that archaeology is not fitted to the task of confirmation, not that no such structure ever existed. The exegetical portions of the book, to the extent that they attempt to lean on archaeological evidence, are simply unconvincing.