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From the admired religious historian, an exciting, contempoary approach to the history of Jesus which asks the question, "Why did Jesus die the way he did?"
An acclaimed historian of Christianity reveals a historical Jesus living in the tumultuous world of late Second Temple Judaism, a man who was an observant Jew of his time rather than a figure outside of the norm, a prophet and a teacher who became King of the Jews. Illustrations & maps.
Paula Fredriksen is the Aurelio Professor of Scripture at Boston University.
"Tightly reasoned, learned and readable.... Engagingly written."--National Review
"Fredriksen boldly and compellingly tackles a fundamental question about Jesus: Why did he die?"--The Boston Globe