Item description for Jesus, the Final Days: What Really Happened by Craig A. Evans, N. T. Wright & Troy A. Miller...
Overview In this superb text, two of the world's most celebrated writers on the historical Jesus share their greatest findings, conveying the drama and the world-shattering significance of Jesus' final days on earth.
Publishers Description What do history and archaeology have to say about Jesus' death, burial, and resurrection? In this superb book, two of the world's most celebrated writers on the historical Jesus share their greatest findings. Together, Craig A. Evans and N. T. Wright concisely and compellingly convey the drama and the world-shattering significance of Jesus' final days on earth.
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Studio: Westminster John Knox
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.4" Width: 6" Height: 0.4" Weight: 0.42 lbs.
Release Date Nov 15, 2012
Publisher Westminster John Knox Press
ISBN 0664233597 ISBN13 9780664233594
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More About Craig A. Evans, N. T. Wright & Troy A. Miller
Craig A. Evans is a Professor of Biblical Studies and the Director of the Graduate Program in Biblical Studies at Trinity Western University in Langley, British Columbia.
Craig A. Evans currently resides in Kentville. Craig A. Evans has an academic affiliation as follows - Acadia Divinity College, Wolfville, Canada Acadia Divinity College, Ca.
Craig A. Evans has published or released items in the following series...
Journal for the Study of the New Testament Supplement (Hardcover
Journal for the Study of the Old Testament
JSP Supplements (Paperback)
Studies in the Dead Sea Scrolls & Related Literature
Reviews - What do customers think about Jesus, the Final Days: What Really Happened?
Amazing information presented with scrupulous fairness Mar 15, 2009
This small book contains a wealth of information about the resurrection. Evans and Wright, both famous biblical scholars, have aimed it at the general reader, not the scholar, so it's accessible and entertaining.
First, did Jesus exist? "No serious historian of any religious or nonreligious stripe doubts that Jesus...really lived...and was executed" (p 3). Pilate focused on the claim that Jesus was king of the Jews, which would be considered a threat to the Romans, even if Jesus only had a handful of followers. No wonder, then, that the soldiers mocked and saluted Jesus as a king, and even, on the cross, offered him spiced vinegar, a drink "which mimics spiced wine, often served to kings" (p 26). And the titulus again mentions the claim to kingship.
Most readers will find the information on crucifixion and Jewish burial practices quite interesting. Recent archaeological finds have increased our knowledge here considerably, especially since a Jew who had been crucified was recently discovered. "The Jewish people thought that the soul of the deceased lingered near the corpse for three days" (p 45).
The last essay, by Wright, is compelling. Wright has published an important book on the subject of resurrection, and this is a short version of some of his main arguments.
Resurrection "was not a fancy way of talking about a beautiful, glorious life after death" (p 78) nor was it about a vision of a ghost. Within Christianity, "there is virtually no spectrum of belief about resurrection" (85). The early Christians believed passionately, not only in the reality of Jesus' resurrection, but that they, also, would one day be resurrected.
Wright points out that the crucifixion of Jesus should have ended his movement. Surely the inglorious deaths of other would-be saviors of the Jews had ended their movements. Yet the followers of Jesus were not discouraged, but encouraged. Christianity not only survived, it thrived, and it did so in spite of the ignominy of the death of Jesus.
These short, snappy arguments should be of immense use to many readers.
Great little book! Feb 12, 2009
I can not believe I am the first to review this book. It should be getting more attention. The book is based on lectures presented by the great Anglican theologian, Bishop N.T. Wright, and the noted evangelical Bible scholar, Craig Evans. As a short apologetic for historical resurrecting Jesus, this ranks right up there with James D.G. Dunn's The Evidence For Jesus. As a Christian I find little to disagree with in this short book. However, it is written in a secular academic style that might appeal to some agnostics, too. Hopefully, it will sway some of them. The book evolved out of a lecture series that was intended to show how Biblical scholarship can be used beneficially by the Church. The editor states in the preface that the book is intended for those who are not Bible scholars. Though it was clearly written with educated people in mind, it is accessible enough to be understood by anyone who can read, and knows the difference between Noah and Moses.
There are only three chapters, two by Evans, one by Wright: The Shout of Death (Evans), The Silence of Burial (Evans) and The Surprise of Resurrection (Wright). If you already know a lot about historical Jesus, I doubt this book would add much to your knowledge. However, the conclusions drawn pretty much support traditional understandings of Jesus, and the arguments are cogent. It makes an excellent entry way into the subject. Overall, it may be a little less detailed than Dunn's The Evidence For Jesus, and focuses more on archaeological data and ancient literature (Dead Sea Scrolls, etc) and a little less on the Gospel text itself. Definetly more focus here on the Old Testament-New Testament connections. It does make quite a few points that Dunn does not make in his book.
Evan's essay, The Shout of Death, about the passion and crucifixion of Jesus, points out a number of historical parallels that prove that "Everything we are told about Jesus' arrest, trial(s), and mockery is consistent with what we know of Roman practice in the first century... " Page 28. On the same page Evans states: "Although hyper-critics have called into question this or that detail, there is every reason to regard the gospel accounts of the juridical process that overtook Jesus of Nazareth as essentially reliable." In the next chapter, The Silence of Burial, he deals with "outlandish theories" about Jesus' burial.
In the last chapter, The Surprise of Resurrection, Wright addresses the subject of resurrection in the ancient Near East; and concludes that only Jews and Christians, not Pagans, believed in this form of afterlife. He also addresses Paul's concept of resurrection, which he says, has been mistranslated by the RSV and NRSV. The terms translated "physical body" and "spiritual body" actually mean "present body" and "future body." Dr. Wright argues that this mistranslation had lead to the misconception that Paul thought risen Jesus was something like a ghost. This chapter might be of minimal value to those who have read his book, "The Resurrection of the Son of God."
I can recommend this book for anyone who wants a brief historical scholarly assessment of Jesus' "last days on earth."