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Jesus

by David Flusser

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TitleJesus
AuthorDavid Flusser
PublisherVarda Books
Publication Date2009
SubjectThe biography of Jesus of Nazareth
Pages328


Description 

Prof. David Flusser's biography of the life of Jesus is the fruit of more than fifty years of persona1 research concerning what may be considered the most well-known figure of the Second Temple Period. His philological-historical approach calls for a reconsideration of how we read the literary sources. He brings to bear the wealth of new information regarding the first century setting in light of the Dead Sea Scrolls, historical inquiry, and recent archaeological discoveries. What results is a compelling portrait of Jesus which gains additional depth because it is viewed wit& the context of Jewish though and Life in the first century.

Both Jewish and Christian readers will be challenged by the results of Flusser's study. The present work is based upon author's 1968 edition of Jesus. Yet, with the passage of 30 years, the new volume has been essentially rewritten to incorporate the wealth of new data. Whereas the previous book, now out of print, represented the beginnings of Flusser's investigation into the historical Jesus, the present volume is its culmination.





About the Author 

David Flusser ---

(1917-2000) A laureate of Israel Prize, Prof. David Flusser was a member of the Israel Academy of Sciences and Humanities and taught Second Temple Judaism and Early Christianity at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. His best-known book, Jesus, was translated into eleven languages.




Contents 

CONTENTS

Foreword by R. Steven Notley  9

Preface 13

Preface to the Second Edition 17

Chapter 1: The Sources 18

Chapter 2: Ancestry 24

Chapter 3: Baptism 37

Chapter 4: Law 56

Chapter 5: Love 81

Chapter 6: Ethics 93

Chapter 7: The Kingdom of Heaven 104

Chapter 8: The Son 113

Chapter 9: The Son of Man 124

Chapter 10: Jerusalem 134

Chapter 11: Death 146

Chapter 12: Epilogue 175

Supplementary Studies 178

Chapter 13: "The House of David" on an Ossuary 180

Chapter 14: "Who is it that Struck You?" 187

Chapter 15: "...To Bury Caiaphas, Not to Praise Him" 195

Chapter 16: What was the Original Meaning of Ecce Homo? 207

Chapter 17: The Crucified One and the Jews 221

Chapter 18: Additional Considerations: Jesus Weeps Over Jerusalem 237

Chapter 19: The Topography and Archeology of the Passion:

A Reconstruction of the Via Dolorosa by Magen Broshi 251

Chapter 20: The Stages of Redemption History According to John the Baptist and Jesus 258

Chapter 21: A New Portrait of Salome 276

Chronological Table 283



Excerpt 

THE CRUCIFIED ONE AND THE JEWS

Hostility towards the Jews is not a Christian invention, but it has been grossly intensified by Christianity; and Christian anti-Judaism is only slowly disappearing. Well-intentioned friends of the Jews often say, "If we had lived in the days of our fathers, we would not have taken part with them in shedding the blood of the Jews" (cf. Matt. 23:30ff.). For obviously apologetic reasons, pseudo-historical constructions are added to excuse the terrible sufferings of the Jews at the hands of the Christians as a lapse. This theory is passed on, and the Jewish participant in the discussion is expected to live happily with the well-intentioned excuse. This might perhaps be bearable, but how is a researcher to react to it ? Unfortunately it can easily happen that i f he is Jewish, and his scientific conscience does not permit him to accept gratefully the "anti-Judaistica" in the New Testament as "prophetic rebukes," his Christian colleague may become aggressive! Should the Jewish researcher therefore deny the simple truth that speaks in the texts, just for the sake of preserving peace?

However, we do not want to deal here with general questions. We shall show, by means of one example, how the original fact of the sympathy of the Jewish people for the crucified Jesus was turned at a very early stage into the hostility of the mocking crowds. If we succeed in revealing this change in tendency in the scriptures we shall touch a sore point . . .



Reviews 

"Flusser is not only brilliant, and thoroughly familiar with all classical sources, Jewish sources, and later Christian sources that bear on our understanding of Jesus; he is also passionately concerned that the historical Jesus be taken seriously. He readily admits that he, an observant Jew, personally identifies himself with the worldview of Jesus, both moral and political: 'The content of his teachings and approach of Jesus has the potential to change the world and prevent the greatest part of evil and suffering.' For years I have been recommended it as the best book on Jesus available. No better way to discover the Jewishness of Jesus and possible links to Qumran than to read this book."


--- William Klassen
Ecole Biblique, Jerusalem, Israel in Religious Studies Review Vol. 25, No. 2, April 1999



"...a work by an accomplished Jewish scholar which throws a good deal of light on the historical figure in his Jewish context."


--- A letter in The New York Review of Books
Volume 14, No. 1 & 2






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