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Jesus of Nazareth: an Independent Historian's Account of His Life and Teaching (Paperback)
  • Jesus of Nazareth: an Independent Historian's Account of His Life and Teaching (Paperback)

Jesus of Nazareth: an Independent Historian's Account of His Life and Teaching (Paperback)

Paperback 576 Pages / Published: 28/10/2010
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A new 'life' of Jesus written by one of the outstanding scholars of his generation, it offers a complete resource on the 'Historical Jesus' debate. >

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
ISBN: 9780567104083
Number of pages: 576
Weight: 998 g
Dimensions: 236 x 157 x 48 mm

'this book is in many respects an impressive achievement.'--The Rev Dr Petor Ensor "Methodist Recorder "
Reviewed in Contemporary Review
'In several important respects this lively book goes against the grain of recent scholarship, both conservative and radical. But it is a needed and challenging reminder of the fragility of much that passes as the 'assured results' of scholarship. The detailed attention to the relevance of the Aramaic language for constructing Jesus is particularly noteworthy and consistently provocative.' - Dale C. Allison, Jr., Errett M. Grable Professor of New Testament and Early Christianity, Pittsburgh Theological Seminary, PA, USA. --Sanford Lakoff
'Only a handful of New Testament scholars can deal with Hebrew and above all Aramaic sources as well as Maurice Casey. After an extensive career concentrating on the life and teaching of Jesus, and at the pinnacle of his intellectual prowess after writing a number of specialized studies, he now generously shares his deep and manifold insights with a larger audience. With neither ecclesiastical nor atheistic baggage to weigh him down, Casey caustically comments first on those who do not take Jesus' Jewishness seriously, especially his native tongue Aramaic. This criticism of older and the most recent secondary literature is - unfortunately - well-deserved. Yet the following chapters with positive analyses by far prevail, making this volume a must read for all those seeking a balanced, yet deeply scholarly view of the life of Jesus by an independent historian. Casey candidly points out what we can reasonably know about Jesus, but just as importantly, what we cannot know. This fascinating volume deserves close reading and a very wide audience.' - The Rev. Dr. Roger David Aus, Berlin, Germany--Sanford Lakoff
'This learned and comprehensive book should prove to be the major historical Jesus publication of the decade. While we all know that much has been written on the historical Jesus, Casey still manages to provide a distinctive slant, most notably with his reader-friendly use of Aramaic reconstructions of Jesus' words and actions. The review of scholarship, which combines savage humour with scholarly insights, hits hard at numerous approaches to the quest for the historical Jesus, from famous historical Jesus scholars to 'mythicist' and conspiratorial theories in popular culture. This book should reinvigorate a tired scholarly quest and raise the bar in the learning required to do serious historical Jesus work.' - James G. Crossley, University of Sheffield, UK.--Sanford Lakoff
'Maurice Casey has devoted himself to the study of Aramaic... and now puts this knowledge to use in his heavy tome on the Historical Jesus.'--Sanford Lakoff
'The book is an admirable, fascinating, and stimulating study of Jesus against the background of a Judaism shaped by Aramaic speakers, and, as such, it is well worth reading.'--Sanford Lakoff
... offers the safest route toward a nuanced and sophisticated understanding of Jesus.--Sanford Lakoff

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