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The Historical Jesus: An Essential Guide (Essential Guide (Abingdon Press)) [Paperback]

By James H. Charlesworth (Author)
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Item description for The Historical Jesus: An Essential Guide (Essential Guide (Abingdon Press)) by James H. Charlesworth...

An indispensable guide to explaining what can be known about Jesus using the Bible, archaeology, and other historical documents from first-century Palestine.

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Recent years have seen an explosion of talk about the historical Jesus from scholarly settings as well as media outlets (including sensational TV documentaries and national magazines). How is the student of the Bible to assess these various claims about Jesus? And what difference does knowledge of his time and place make for Christian faith, theological thinking, and historical research? James Charlesworth presents the solid results of modern study into the life and times of Jesus, especially regarding the role of the Essenes, the significance of the Dead Sea Scrolls, the nature of messianic expectation, and much more. No one today is better equipped than James Charlesworth to lead students through the thickets of controversy that surround much of contemporary historical Jesus research.

This Abingdon Essential Guide will fulfill the need for a brief, substantive, yet highly accessible introduction to this core area of New Testament studies. Drawing on the best in current scholarship, written with the need of students foremost in mind, addressed to learners in a number of contexts, this Essential Guide will be the first choice of those who wish to acquaint themselves or their students with the broad scope of issues, perspectives, and subject matters relating to modern quests for the historical Jesus. It will also be a preferred text for those who need or want to refresh their knowledge regarding the context within which Jesus lived in preparation for leading church discussion groups in studies of the Gospels.

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Studio: Abingdon Press
Pages   131
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.9" Width: 6" Height: 0.7"
Weight:   0.52 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Jan 1, 2008
Publisher   Abingdon Church Supplies
Edition  Student/Stdy Gde  
Series  Essential Guide - Abingdon  
ISBN  0687021677  
ISBN13  9780687021673  

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James H. Charlesworth is George L. Collord Professor of New Testament Language and Literature and Director and Editor of the Dead Sea Scrolls Project at Princeton Theological Seminary, USA.

Lee Martin McDonald is President Emeritus and Professor of New Testament at Acadia Divinity College, Acadia University, Canada. He is also President of the Institute for Biblical Research.

Blake A. Jurgens is a graduate of Princeton Theological Seminary, USA, and a Fulbright Fellow at Ludwig-Maximilians-Universitat Munchen, Germany.


James H. Charlesworth has published or released items in the following series...
  1. Anchor Yale Bible Reference Library
  2. Dead Sea Scrolls
  3. Essential Guides
  4. Jewish and Christian Text
  5. Jewish and Christian Texts in Contexts and Related Studies
  6. Princeton-Prague Symposia Series on the Historical Jesus

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Engaging survey by world-class scholar  May 12, 2008
Most Christians will find it new and possibly uncomfortable to adopt a historical (and archaeological) perspective of Jesus.

This book is readable by someone (or a church discussion group) who is seeking to learn; it is not a devotional or inspirational book.

The presentation is an engaging survey of what is known about the Historical Jesus; history and archaeology and the full range of ancient texts are all gleaned for reliable information.

This is not a book of apologetics, but Charlesworth probably has done more than any scholar to substantiate the historicity of the core historical facts about Jesus of Nazareth, and especially the historical elements of the Gospel of John.

Since at least 1980, the burden of Charlesworth's world-class ministry of scholarship has been to locate Jesus within Judaism, which he labels Jesus Research.

It contains a lot of interesting and relevant information, more fully appreciated by careful reading of what he has to say, and will wonderfully enhance any (serious) Bible student's comprehension of the canonical gospel accounts.

At this pricing it is a terrific value.
Essential introduction to Jesus for readers of all kinds  Mar 27, 2008
Who is Jesus? Christians affirming the risen Lord cannot answer this question without asking its corollary: Who was Jesus? In the concrete particularity of a human being, God took on flesh. This book is about the Jesus of history. I approach this book as a Christian, but readers claiming any or no religious faith will find it helpful and illuminating without being propagandistic or doctrinaire.

James Charlesworth, professor at Princeton Seminary and veteran in the fields of Early Judaism and historical Jesus research, frames his book around a series of twenty-seven questions ranging from "Why is Jesus Research necessary?" to "Was Jesus married to Mary Magdalene?", from "Do reports about Jesus exist outside the New Testament?" to "Did Jesus rise from the dead?" He offers more possibilities then platforms; it is not his purpose to push agendas. Rather, he aims to ask honest questions and suggest helpful methodologies for seeking sound answers. I found the book refreshingly well-balanced. I suspect more conservative readers might find offensive Charlesworth's higher-critical stance toward Scripture and his leaving open some less conventional possibilities, but he treats traditional readings with great respect.

This book is an invitation to conversation. I suspect readers of varying faiths, of varying stripes of "liberal" or "conservative," can gather around this book in coffee shops or Sunday School classes or campus small groups to consider these questions and more.

Charlesworth writes for a lay audience. Some scholarly jargon slips through, and readers uninitiated in critical Biblical studies may gaze askance at his citations of Early Jewish sources, but the book really is accessible and will reward any diligent reader. It will certainly prove a helpful resource in college and seminary courses.

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