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A compelling biography of Jesus of Nazareth, written by eminent Jewish scholar of the Second Temple and Early Christianity.

Foreword 11 Much has been written in recent years about the reclamation of Jesus by Jewish scholarship. It is difficult, however, to explain to those who do not know Flusser what it is about him that makes his work so distinctive. One feature which sets him apart is that while he understands Jesus to belong fully to the diverse and competing streams of Jewish thinking of the first century, Flusser feels no need to deny Jesus his high self- awareness. In his understanding, the historical Jesus was both identified with his people and the cornerstone of the faith of the early Christian community. Flusser also has no hesitation to question the assumptions which are foundational to many contemporary New Testament scholars. He is an original thinker who is willing to give fresh consideration to the evidence— even if it means challenging long- held opinions, sometimes even his own. I have little doubt that both Jewish and Christian readers will be challenged by the results of Flussers study. Another characteristic of Flusser is his profound appreciation for  the historical Jesus. As Israels foremost scholar on Jesus and nascent Christianity, he is often asked to give comment on  the Jewishness of Jesus or to provide the  Jewish perspective. Few requests irritate him more. Flussers close attention to philology and textual analysis cuts against the grain of New Testament scholarships penchant for  trendiness, in which Jesus is recreated in the mold of whichever psychological or political trend is in vogue. He reminds his students that his is not the study of  the Jewish Jesus but the Jesus of history. That Jesus was Jewish is a matter of historical record. His optimism that careful philological- historical research can produce fruitful results will surprise some skeptics. Finally, whether reading the Greek philosophers, medieval theologians or the words of Jesus, Flusser does not work as a detached historian. He works as a man of faith who sees his scholarship as having relevance to the complex challenges of the present age. This facet of Flussers character was illustrated by an incident which was related to me by Brad Young, who studied with Flusser for a number of years in Jerusalem. Flusser had a student who went to study at the University of Zurich. Chapter Home  | TOC  | Index

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Front matterHalf Title page Title page Copyright pageDedication Page Table of Contents FOREWORDPREFACEPREFACE TO THE SECOND EDITIONContents1 THE SOURCES 2 ANCESTRY 3 BAPTISM 4 LAW 5 LOVE 6 ETHICS7 THE KINGDOM OF HEAVEN 8 THE SON 9 THE SON OF MAN 10 JERUSALEM 11 DEATH 12 EPILOGUE 13 THE HOUSE OF DAVID ON AN OSSUARY1 14 WHO IS IT THAT STRUCK YOU? 115 ... TO BURY CAIAPHAS, NOT TO PRAISE HIM 116 WHAT WAS THE ORIGINAL MEANING OF ECCE HOMO?117 THE CRUCIFIED ONE AND THE JEWS118 ADDITIONAL CONSIDERATIONS: JESUS WEEPS OVER JERUSALEM1 19 THE TOPOGRAPHY AND ARCHEOLOGY OF THE PASSION: A RECONSTRUCTION OF THE VIA DOLOROSA 20 THE STAGES OF REDEMPTION HISTORY ACCORDING TO JOHN THE BAPTIST AND JESUS1 21 A NEW PORTRAIT OF SALOME Back matterCHRONOLOGICAL TABLEBIBLIOGRAPHYINDEX OF SOURCESHEBREW BIBLETARGUMIMNEW TESTAMENTRABBINIC LITERATUREAPOCRYPHA AND PSEUDEPIGRAPHADEAD SEA SCROLLSOTHER SCROLLS AND SCROLL FRAGMENTSJOSEPHUS FLAVIUSPHILOJOSIPPONMEDIEVAL JEWISH BIBLE EXEGESISCHURCH FATHERSGREEK AND LATIN AUTHORSINDEX OF SUBJECTSBack Cover
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