Item description for A Marginal Jew: Rethinking the Historical Jesus, Volume I: The Roots of the Problem and the Person (The Anchor Yale Bible Reference Library) by John P. Meier...
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.
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Studio: Yale University Press
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 9.52" Width: 6.5" Height: 1.48" Weight: 1.7 lbs.
Release Date Nov 1, 1991
Publisher Yale University Press
ISBN 0300140185 ISBN13 9780300140187
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More About John P. Meier
John P. Meier is William K. Warren Professor of Theology (New Testament) at the University of Notre Dame and the author of A 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 of The Catholic Biblical Quarterly, New Testament Studies, and Dead Sea Discoveries.
John P. Meier currently resides in the state of Indiana.
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Exhaustive but not Exhausting Mar 31, 2008
I have just finished reading Meier's fantastic first volume. I picked it up at my university library after hearing many great things about it and thought I would check it out.
This book, while scholarly, is extremely fun to read. Meier does not beat around the bush, but is extremely forward in his methodology and the meat of each chapter. He carefully examines all points, and even discusses some of the fringe scholar's findings, such as Barbara Thiering. It never gets dull as we uncover findings about this marginal Jew that influenced the world.
From my reading I did not feel like his Catholic background contributed to any flaws in the text. If you happen to be Roman Catholic or Eastern Orthodox he addresses subjects that would be important to them though. Such as Mary's perpetual virginity, which he discusses lucidly and with poise. Obviously it is a much later idea that was not held universally for the first four hundred years of Christianity, and therefore not essential for the Church.
But my one complaint is that the "footnotes" are endnotes, and it got annoying of having to flip back and forth while reading. Other than that this is a finely researched book, and is essential reading for anyone who wants to learn about Jesus, theist or naturalist. Especially if they desire to be informed on where mainstream Biblical Criticism is, because often the representatives of the "New Atheist" movement (Dawkins, etc) are poorly informed when it comes to Biblical Scholarship or Theology. And Meier's contribution is essential reading.
As an Eastern Orthodox Christian though, I would highly recommend this text to other Orthodox. I often find that because of Orthodoxy's mystical tendencies we often forget how human Jesus really was. Or even how Jewish he was.
I think like all things it is necessary to have balance, and the more we can learn from Jesus the better we can be as people. I think that in the current quest for the "historical" Jesus, all scholars have something to bring to the table, whether it be Wright, Borg, Meier, Crossan or Sanders. But of course, at the same time, this cannot obscure the living relationship that Christians have with Jesus, whether they fall to the Left or Right.