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The Sage from Galilee: Rediscovering Jesus' Genius [Paperback]

By David Flusser (Author), Steven Notley (Author) & James H. Charlesworth (Introduction by)
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Item description for The Sage from Galilee: Rediscovering Jesus' Genius by David Flusser, Steven Notley & James H. Charlesworth...

A modern scholarly classic now updated. This book offers a thorough look at the historical sources regarding life in the first century through the Dead Sea Scrolls, recent archaeological discoveries, and other means of inquiry. Both Jewish and Christian readers will find challenge and new understanding in this work.

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This new edition of David Flusser's classic study of the historical Jesus, revised and updated by his student and colleague R. Steven Notley, will be welcomed everywhere by students and scholars of early Christianity and Judaism. Reflecting Flusser's mastery of ancient literary sources and modern archaeological discoveries, The Sage from Galilee offers a fresh, informed biographical portrait of Jesus in the context of Jewish faith and life in his day.

Including a chronological table (330 BC ? AD 70), and twenty-eight illustrations, The Sage from Galilee is the culmination of nearly six decades of study by one of the world's foremost Jewish authorities on the New Testament and early Christianity. Both Jewish and Christian readers will find challenge and new understanding in these pages.

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Studio: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Company
Pages   191
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.96" Width: 6.08" Height: 0.55"
Weight:   0.65 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Aug 14, 2007
Edition  Revised  
ISBN  0802825877  
ISBN13  9780802825872  

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More About David Flusser, Steven Notley & James H. Charlesworth

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! David Flusser (19172000) was professor of early Christianity and Second Temple Judaism at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, a member of the Israel Academy of Sciences and Humanities, and a recipient of the national Israel Prize in 1980 for his academic achievements. His best-known book, Jesus, has been translated into eleven languages and is now in its fourth edition under the title The Sage from Galilee (Eerdmans).

David Flusser has published or released items in the following series...
  1. Compendia Rerum Iudaicarum Ad Novum Testamentum

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Jesus In His Own Jewish Culture  Feb 16, 2010
There are so many books that I just start and put down, forgetting to ever pick them up again. This is NOT one of those books. I took my time on this one, but read it from cover to cover, enjoying and appreciating every minute of my time reading it.

This is the kind of book that makes one see things from the viewpoint of a different time and culture. I have it as my goal to know more about Jesus. I took this book everywhere I went, in case I had a few moments to read. If you want to know more about Jesus, this is not a light, easy read, but it does explore Jesus from his Jewish roots. I highly recommend it.
It Fills in Some Gaps  Jul 20, 2008
I always have found Dr. Flusser's work fascinating, and I have been following the scholars that are part of his team and the different organizations that study under him. I have used David Flusser as reference in much of my work in achieving my BS at Liberty, and today working on masters in Middle Eastern studies.

This book fills some of the gaps left by some his previous works and adds to already extremely scholarly outlook of Yeshua and early first century rabbinics. The problem has been that much of work in seminaries and by scholars have been done on a Greek or Hellenistic basis, where as the actual thinking and historical occurrences in history are Hebraic.

Flusser is Invaluable!  Mar 31, 2008
A treasury for all believer's in one God, Jew and Gentile alike. Honest and candid yet highly scholarly for anyone open minded enough for Jewish roots Christianity.
Looking at Jesus from a First Century Vantage Point  Mar 2, 2008
Davis Flusser was Professor of Early Christianity and Second Temple Judaism at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He held that post for years and was in constant contact and in working relationships with Christian scholars in Jerusalem. He sees Jesus as a Jew of the first century. He respects the Gospel records. He thoroughly understands the more contempory accounts: Josephus, Philo, etc. He is also immersed in the Dead Sea Scrolls and what they teach us about the various currents of Judaism in the time of Jesus.

We lost David Flusser to death in 2000. There is not likely to be a scholar rise up to equal him. He was in many ways unique. He wrote in Hebrew, German and English. This volumn is the fourth English edition and has been brought up to date by Steven Notley, Professor of Biblical Studies at the New York City campus of Nyack Collage.

It will give the reader a fresh look at Jesus within his own time and culture. It will place him within the religious ferment of his time and show what he accepted and what he rejected of the various Judaisms that surrounded him. It is less difficult to read than some of Flusser's work and not overly long. This edition runs 191 pages.

Like its author "THE SAGE OF GALILEE" is unique. It reflects an enormous respect for Jesus, and a focused attempt to understand him as a Jew of his time and place.
Great Historical Work  Oct 19, 2007
Table of Contents:
Forward, by R. Steven Notley
Introducing David Flusser's Jesus, by James H. Charlesworth
1: The Sources
2. Ancestry
3. Baptism
4. Law
5. Love
6. Ethics
7. The Kingdom of Heaven
8. The Son
9. The Son of Man
10. Jerusalem
11. Death
12. Epilogue
Chronological Table
Index of Subjects
Index of Scripture References

From Chapter 1 to the end of Chapter 12 it is 165 pages.

In David Flusser's own words, "The main purpose of this book is to show that it is possible to write the story of Jesus' life." This work is the conclusion of many decades of research and dedication to understanding the second temple period and Jesus. Originally, this was German book published in 1968. From that time, this book was translated into English in 1997. The content of the book has matured since the first editions in German and English through the archeological discoveries and maturing of David Flusser's own thinking. The first edition can be considered a mere beginning of his investigations and this edition is the culmination of his life's work. As such, this book should be treated more as a new work rather than a revision.

Some of Flusser's driving belief structures are discussed in chapter 1 and continue to be divulged through the course of the book. Some of these beliefs are 1) it is possible to tell the story of Jesus through the Gospel accounts 2) foundationally, Jesus functioned as a miracle worker and preacher; not a "kerygmatic" risen Lord 3) Jesus learned Judaism (thus was impacted by His contemporary teachers/movements) and revolutionized certain aspects of Judaism 4) the gospel accounts are based on one or more non-extant with Luke being the most accurate at preserving the early source of the historical Jesus.

Pros: David Flusser does a great job of combing through tons of second temple (and post temple period) literature and showing parallels between Jesus and other movements. Flusser did not set down all the technical details of those things which will ease the load for the average reader and provide a foundation for further research. Among varies literatures that the author utilizes, he most often went back to Essene for comparisons which is relatively new scholarship. Flusser also show examples of other people who were similar to Jesus, such as the Galileans Abba Hilkia and Rabbi Hanina ben Dosa. Flusser does a great job in highlighting what Jesus revolutionized: 1) "radical interpretation of the commandment of mutual love" 2) "the call for a new morality" and 3) "the idea of the kingdom of heaven."

Cons: I can't mention many cons for myself, but one I know would be important to others. Flusser does not accept that the so called "kerygmatic" is the actual Jesus. As such, he believes there has been some tampering to the gospel accounts to make a "kerygmatic" Christ. This would be the largest stumbling block for some Christians I know.

Conclusions: David Flusser has built the historical Jesus, and this book is well worth reading and studying. Even though David Flusser does not accept the full gospel story, it should not prevent the reader from making his/her own judgments on a great deal of material.

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