Item description for Jesus: A Historical Portrait by Daniel J. Harrington...
Overview Questions about the life and times of Jesus Christ, one of the most written about people of all time, continue to intrigue us two millennia after his death. Between the vagueness of the canonical Gospels and the sensational claims made in modern films and books, what is a Christian to believe about the only Son of God? Employing a popular take on current New Testament scholarship, Jesuit scholar Father Daniel Harrington explores difficult as well as less complicated issues surrounding the life of Christ.
Publishers Description Was Jesus a feminist? Who really killed Jesus? Did all those miracles actually happen? How do we know who Jesus is? How are we supposed to know what Jesus really said? How does Jesus' Judaism fit in with our salvation as Christians? Questions about the life and times of Jesus Christ, one of the most written-about people of all time, continue to intrigue us two millennia after his death. Between the vagueness of the canonical Gospels and the sensational claims made in modern films and books, what is a Christian to believe about the only Son of God? Employing a popular take on current New Testament scholarship, Jesuit scholar Father Daniel Harrington explores difficult as well as less complicated issues surrounding the life of Christ. By helping us to place Jesus in a historically accurate context, Father Harrington helps us to better understand the real Jesus, and ultimately, our salvation. Fascinating sidebars and engaging questions for reflection and discussion make "Jesus: A Historical Portrait" a must-have book for the individual, small group or classroom.
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Studio: Saint Anthony Messenger Press
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.52" Width: 5.86" Height: 0.39" Weight: 0.44 lbs.
Release Date Aug 8, 2007
Publisher ST ANTHONY MESSENGER PRESS
ISBN 0867168331 ISBN13 9780867168334
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More About Daniel J. Harrington
Daniel J. Harrington, SJ, is professor of New Testament at the Boston College School of Theology and Ministry. He received his doctorate in biblical languages and literatures from Harvard University in 1970. He has been general editor of New Testament Abstracts since 1972 and is a past president of the Catholic Biblical Association of America (1985 86). He is the author of more than fifty books on various aspects of biblical studies, including the recently revised Reading the Old Testament.
Daniel J. Harrington currently resides in Cambridge, in the state of Massachusetts. Daniel J. Harrington has an academic affiliation as follows - Boston College.
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Reviews - What do customers think about Jesus: A Historical Portrait?
Nice book Aug 23, 2008
This is an easy to read book. Harrington has a good sense of humor and makes this information less dry because of it.
What Jesus Said and Did Jan 28, 2008
In his latest work, Father Harrington shares his conclusions on what current New Testament scholarship "allows us to say with confidence" about Jesus as a historical figure. He presents the basis for these conclusions in clear language accompanied by examples, Scripture citations, sidebars, and questions for reflection. Chapters address such topics as Jesus in relation to the kingdom, prayer, women, and politics; and Jesus' death, resurrection, and second coming.
Harrington begins by comparing the Gospel Jesus and the "historian's" Jesus. The Gospels, our strongest basis for faith, show Jesus as a moral and religious figure, while biblical scholarship places him in his proper historical context "to arrive at a reliable and coherent interpretation of what Jesus said and did."
For example, the chapter on the death of Jesus addresses two opposing views: (1) Jewish leaders sought Jesus' execution, which was merely ratified by the Romans, and (2) Jewish authorities were not involved in any way. Harrington cites Scripture references to support a variety of possible reasons Jesus died; explains historical and theological circumstances that led to his death; and concludes that Pontius Pilate and certain Jewish leaders were responsible for it.
The sidebar discusses the film "The Passion of the Christ" and its portrayal of the role of the Jews in the death of Jesus. Chapter questions ask us to reflect on lingering anti-Semitism related to the Jews' perceived role in the death of Jesus.
This is an enlightening and engaging work suitable for individuals and small groups wishing to enlarge their concept of Jesus' life on earth.