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The premier historical Jesus scholar joins a brilliant archaeologist to illuminate the life and teaching of Jesus against the background of his world. There have been phenomenal advances in the historical understanding of Jesus and his world and times, but also huge, lesser known advances in first–century Palestine archaeology that explain a great deal about Jesus, his followers, and his teachings. This is the first book that combines the two and it does it in a fresh, accessible way that will interest both biblical scholars and students and also the thousands of lay readers of Biblical Archaeology Review (150,000+ circulation), National Geographic, and other archaeology and ancient history books and magazines. Each chapter of the book focuses on a major modern archaeological or textual discovery and shows how that discovery opens a window onto a major feature of Jesus’s life and teachings.
“First-century Palestine comes alive here…another winner for Crossan.” “This is a fascinating and exhilarating study, which breathes new life into the quest for the historical Jesus.” “An original, nuanced synthesis of archaeological finds and textual exegesis, one that is rich in insights and in provocative interpretations.” “Comprehensive, expertly integrated, and powerfully illuminating…in keeping with the best of current archaeological theory and method.” “An original, nuanced synthesis of archaeological finds and textual exegesis, one that is rich in insights and in provocative interpretations.” “A fascinating, beautifully illustrated and elegantly written account of the life and times of Jesus.” “Lucid arguments, elegant prose, beautiful illustrations and skillful weaving of academic disciplines…will edify everyone who reads it.”
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