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Who's Who in the Age of Jesus [Paperback]

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Sifts through all the sources for the period to create biographies of the major (and some fascinating minor) figures from Jesus' era. The book allows readers to understand a Jewish, Roman, and Hellenistc world crowded with explosive, mutually antagonistic groups - a world that would give rise to a new Judaism and ultimately to Christianity.

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An enlightening journey through the ancient world from "the greatest Jesus scholar of his generation" (The Sunday Telegraph)

Though the New Testament gospels are some of the most extraordinary documents ever written, the picture they provide of Jesus's world is a very partial one. This remarkable work paints a comprehensive and colorful picture of the world that Jesus knew. From detailed, convincing portraits of John the Baptist, Pontius Pilate, Herod, Jesus himself, and other key figures, to the Jewish and Hellenistic leaders often ignored in scripture, Who's Who in the Age of Jesus is a critical, in-depth look at one of the most tumultuous eras in human history.
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Item Specifications...

Studio: Penguin (Non-Classics)
Pages   285
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 0.75" Width: 5.25" Height: 7.75"
Weight:   0.5 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Oct 1, 2006
Publisher   Penguin Group USA
ISBN  0141017031  
ISBN13  9780141017037  

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Geza Vermes was Professor Emeritus of Jewish Studies at the University of Oxford, UK and was one of the world's greatest experts on the historical Jesus, Christian beginnings, and the Dead Sea Scrolls. With the publication of Jesus the Jew (1973) he introduced the idea of Jesus as a 1st century Jewish holy man to the general public. His book The Dead Sea Scrolls in English (1962) introduced the English reader to the Scrolls, going on to sell over half a million copies.


Geza Vermes was born in 1924 and has an academic affiliation as follows - Oxford University.

Geza Vermes has published or released items in the following series...
  1. Library of Second Temple Studies
  2. Sheffield Academic Press Individual Titles

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1Books > Subjects > Biographies & Memoirs > Leaders & Notable People > Religious
2Books > Subjects > Religion & Spirituality > Bible & Other Sacred Texts > Bible > New Testament
4Books > Subjects > Religion & Spirituality > Religious Studies > History

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Missing information about Jesus...  Oct 21, 2009
Believe it or not, the New Testament gospels do not provide much information about Jesus, and this audio helps to provide more background detail. Included are portraits of John the Baptist, Pontius Pilate, Herod, Jesus and other key individuals of that era. From [...]
A great resource  Jan 11, 2008
Author and scholar Geza Vermes was born to Jewish parents in Hungary, who converted to Roman Catholicism. He became a priest, and later an expert on the Dead Sea Scrolls. He later left the Catholic Church, but is now known for his studies on the historical Jesus and the relationship of Jesus and the early church to the Jewish milieu from which they sprang.

In this fascinating book, the author gives a Who's Who in the ancient Roman and Israelite worlds, showing them from Biblical and extra-Biblical sources in a more full light. For example, what do you know about the High Priests who appear briefly in the Gospels and Acts of the Apostles? If you want to know more, pick up this book and see what their contemporaries had to say about them.

Overall, I found this book to be a mixed bag. The author does cast a wide net in finding information about the various people who appear (often briefly) in the Bible, giving a lot of truly relevant information on them. My problem with this book, though, is that the author fairly consistently considers the Bible to be an inferior source to just about all others.

I mean, who would be interested in this book? Someone who is deeply committed to a faith in Jesus Christ, and wants to know more. However, such a reader will not be pleased to have the Bible criticized as a source.

But, that said, I think that this book is a great resource, one that is sure to expand any reader's understanding of who the people were in the early Church, both insiders and outsiders.

Oh, by the way, I forgot to mention the great timeline that begins the book. It does a great job of putting Jesus and the early Church within its historic framework!
Solid historical context  Dec 5, 2007
An intriguing and entertaining historical study in the form of brief biographical sketches that can easily be digested straight through or as a reference. Very well done and based on solid historical research. This is not the revisionist polemic aimed at discrediting the Christian faith but a serious historical study that conveys accurately the middle east at the time of Jesus. It makes for an enjoyable and informative study that places the New Testament in historical context like few other works.

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