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

12 R. Steven Notley When a professor there discovered that he was Flussers student, he failed him without warrant. The failing mark ruined the students academic career. A few years later, a student of that same professor was studying in Flussers class. He turned in a paper, the content of which was mediocre. Flusser instructed Brad, who was his teaching assistant at the time, to give the student an  A .  When Brad inquired why, he related the story of his own student and then repeated his instruction,  Give the student an  A .  This I have learned from Jesus. During my years of study and work with Professor Flusser, I have observed his desire not only to understand the teachings of Jesus, but to see their relevancy in difficult circumstances. This was best illustrated to me on the eve of the Gulf War. On January 15, 1991, the streets of Jerusalem were virtually empty in anticipation of the outbreak of war and the consequent launching of scud missiles on the civilian Israeli population. I went to Flussers home needing to discuss my dissertation. Upon opening the door, he pondered aloud,  Interesting days we are living in. What would Jesus say? Lets go and find out. Without further explanation we proceeded to his study and he invited me to open the New Testament to the passage of the  Two Swords ( Luke 22: 35- 38). He began to explain the words of Jesus, as if by understanding the relevant texts we could gain a glimpse of what Jesus might have thought — and by extension what we should think — about the current crisis. Flusser explained Jesus delicate balance between pacifism — the avoidance of conflict — and the right to defend oneself. His exposition was concise, original and pertinent to the current situation. What has struck me about Flusser is not simply his insights into Jesus teaching, but his assumption that the study of the words of Jesus should make a difference in how we conduct our lives. Of course, most Christians will find nothing remarkable in that notion, but many students will testify how exceptional it is to find a scholar whose research has relevance for life. I hope that my own contribution to this book has made it more accessible to the readers and strengthened Professor Flussers desire that this biography  serve as a mouthpiece for Jesus message today. R. Steven Notley Jerusalem School of Synoptic Research 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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