Newsletter   Secure Checkout   Shopping Cart (0 Items)  
Search:    Welcome Guest! Save up to 30-40% on most items with our awesome everyday discounts!

A Marginal Jew: Rethinking the Historical Jesus, Volume III: Companions and Competitors (The Anchor Yale Bible Reference Library) [Hardcover]

By John P. Meier (Author)
Our Price $ 71.40  
Retail Value $ 85.00  
You Save $ 13.60  (16%)  
Item Number 91147  
Buy New $71.40
Available on the Internet only.

Item description for A Marginal Jew: Rethinking the Historical Jesus, Volume III: Companions and Competitors (The Anchor Yale Bible Reference Library) by John P. Meier...

No man is an island, not even Jesus, as John Meier writes in Companions and Competitors, the third installment of his four-part series, A Marginal Jew: Rethinking the Historical Jesus. The first volume, an overview of Jesus' background, chronology, and early years, was followed by a second that analyzed Jesus' most important messages and deeds. Here, Meier explains his conviction that "No human being is adequately understood if he or she is considered in isolation from other human beings." He leads readers through the concentric circles of companions (including the followers who became his disciples and apostles) and competitors (such as Pharisees, Sadducees, Essenes, Samaritans) that shaped Jesus' life in first-century Palestine. Meier, a priest and New Testament scholar at Notre Dame, writes in the engaging, methodical style of an astringently avuncular professor: chapters are carefully outlined, with straightforward headings such as "Points of Comparison and Contrast," "Caveats on Comparisons," and "The Sheer Oddness of Jesus"). His findings, particularly his explanation of "the essentially Jewish nature" of Jesus' relationships, are a valuable addition to the field of Historical Jesus scholarship.

Publishers Description
In this book on the real, historical Jesus, Meier sifts the evidence of 2000 years to portray neither a rural magician nor a figure of obvious power, but a marginal Jew.

Promise Angels is dedicated to bringing you great books at great prices. Whether you read for entertainment, to learn, or for literacy - you will find what you want at!

Item Specifications...

Studio: Yale University Press
Pages   703
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9.42" Width: 6.53" Height: 1.75"
Weight:   2.45 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Sep 1, 2001
Publisher   Yale University Press
Series  Anchor Yale Bible Reference Library  
ISBN  0300140320  
ISBN13  9780300140323  

Availability  1 units.
Availability accurate as of Oct 22, 2016 12:21.
Usually ships within one to two business days from La Vergne, TN.
Orders shipping to an address other than a confirmed Credit Card / Paypal Billing address may incur and additional processing delay.

More About John P. Meier

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! John P. Meier is William K. Warren Professor of Theology (New Testament) at the University of Notre Dame and the author ofA Marginal Jew: Rethinking the Historical Jesus.He has also written six other books and over seventy articles. At various times he has been the editor or associate editor ofThe Catholic Biblical Quarterly, New Testament Studies, andDead Sea Discoveries."

John P. Meier currently resides in the state of Indiana.

John P. Meier has published or released items in the following series...
  1. Anchor Yale Bible Reference Library
  2. Lex Orandi
  3. Marginal Jew; Rethinking the Historical Jesus

Are You The Artisan or Author behind this product?
Improve our customers experience by registering for an Artisan Biography Center Homepage.

Product Categories

1Books > Subjects > Religion & Spirituality > Christianity > Reference > Commentaries > Commentaries

Similar Products

Reviews - What do customers think about A Marginal Jew: Rethinking the Historical Jesus, Volume III: Companions and Competitors (The Anchor Yale Bible Reference Library)?

Documented human atmosphere of Jesus  Aug 21, 2009
The 3rd volume keeps de methodological rigor of the first two. Accordingly, objective arguments and rational discussion are common place. The author has no problem when a question is not clear enough to emit a judgment of non liquet, not clear. Indeed, the book is not addressed to those seeking faith, but to those seeking historical rigour as much as possible.

Concerning the contents, in the first part Meier addresses Jesus followers in three concentric circles. The first one is the general populace that attended Jesus preaching. No special commitment was on their side, and they were equally supporters and enemies, poor's and riches, men and women, etc. The second strata were those committed to Jesus but without leaving their homes and livelihood. These were the ones offering home to rest to Jesus and their companions in their travels around Galilee (Mary and other women, the host in Jerusalem offering room for the last meal, for instance). These may had been rich people to offer such a huge infrastructure, because hosting Jesus and his wandering companions was not a cheaper thing to do: beds, food, water, clothes and other facilities were required (considering Jesus was totally unconcerned for material maintenance). Finally, the inner circle of followers were the disciples, being the 12 the closest ones. These were explicitly call and chosen by Jesus. According to the Gospels, also women were close disciples of Jesus, although not one of the 12. Certainly, no narrative relating the call of a women is depicted in the Gospels, but despite this narrative in the Gospels show women in the group, so they may be counted as disciples. On the other hand, is difficult to believe that any woman could join the group without the explicit or implicit agreement of Jesus. Still, this strange companion should cause an impact in Galilee: a single man wandering, who wanted the children to stay with him, with both single and married man, some of them living families and obligations behind, mixed with women without a concrete status; entering houses were they stayed the night together, or sleeping in the camps.

The second part is devoted to the competitors: Pharisees, Sadducees, Essenes and Qumran, Samaritans, Escribes, Herodions. I found specially interesting the chapters devoted to Pharisees, were a historical background is depicted. I had the impression they were a kind of satanic sect, but after reading the book I see them with a more objective and documented light. Also, the comparation with the Essenes and Qumran is very clever. Usually, authors stress similarities with Qumran and Jesus, but there also huge and insurmountable dissimilarities. To signal only one: Qumran was a sect with strict observation about who could be accepted, what he had to do to become a full member, what he had to do with his personal wealth... To say nothing of their eschatological expectations: they waited for a final combat between the sons of the light (themselves, obviously), and the sons of the night (the other ones). But Jesus never established and organized protocol to accept disciples: he just call them or left them join the company. Jesus never asked for sharing the money of the disciples, and did not distinguish between a full membership an another kind. Still, Jesus was a wandering prophet seeking to mix with sinners, not an illuminate seeking the fuga mundi, away form the world, in a monastery.

All in all, if you are looking for a documented account of Jesus human atmosphere without dogmatic or systematic deviations, you will feel like home.

Write your own review about A Marginal Jew: Rethinking the Historical Jesus, Volume III: Companions and Competitors (The Anchor Yale Bible Reference Library)

Ask A Question or Provide Feedback regarding A Marginal Jew: Rethinking the Historical Jesus, Volume III: Companions and Competitors (The Anchor Yale Bible Reference Library)

Item Feedback and Product Questions
For immediate assistance call 888.395.0572 during the hours of 10am thru 8pm EST Monday thru Friday and a customer care representative will be happy to help you!

Help us continuously improve our service by reporting your feedback or questions below:

I have a question regarding this product
The information above is incorrect or conflicting
The page has misspellings or incorrect grammar
The page did not load correctly in my browser or created an error.

Email Address:
Anti Spam Question. To combat spammers we require that you answer a simple question.
What color is the sky?
Leave This Blank :
Do Not Change This Text :

Add This Product Widget To Your Website

Looking to add this information to your own website? Then use our Product Widget to allow you to display product information in a frame that is 120 pixels wide by 240 pixels high.

    Copy and paste the following HTML into your website and enjoy!

Order toll-free weekdays 10am thru 10pm EST by phone: 1-888-395-0572 (Lines are closed on holidays & weekends.)
Customer Service | My Account | Track My Orders | Return Policy | Request Free Catalog | Email Newsletter

Gift Certificates
RSS Feeds
About Us
Contact Us
Terms Of Use
Privacy Policy