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Jesus and His World: The Archaeological Evidence


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In this provocative work, world-renowned scholar Craig A. Evans presents the most important archaeological discoveries that shed light on the world of Jesus of Nazareth. Evans challenges many sensational claims that have been proposed in recent books and peddled in the media by using archaeological findings to uncover the truth about several key pieces of Jesus’ world. For example, what was the village of Nazareth actually like in the time of Jesus? Did synagogues really exist, as the Gospels say? What does archaeology tell us about the ruling priests who condemned Jesus to death? Has the tomb of Jesus really been found? Evans’s engaging prose enables readers to understand and critique the latest theories—both the sober and the sensational—about who Jesus was and what he lived and died for.

This new edition includes an additional appendix with questions for discussion and reflection, making it ideal for both group and individual study.

Key Features

  • Explores the intersection between archaeology and biblical studies
  • Considers recent technological tools which aid archaelogical research
  • Includes discussion questions for individual or group study


  • In the shadow of Sepphoris: growing up in Nazareth
  • Among the devout: religious formation in the synagogue
  • In the books: reading, writing and literacy
  • Confronting the establishment: ruling priests and the temple
  • Life with the dead: Jewish burial traditions
  • Appendix 1: Have we found the family tomb of Jesus?
  • Appendix 2: What did Jesus look like?
  • Appendix 3: Questions for discussion and reflection

Praise for the Print Edition

This fascinating work proves that you don’t have to be either a scientist or a doubter to truly understand the times and places that populate the New Testament.... In a field crowded with critics, this brief work is a refreshing and readable alternative and will be warmly welcomed by many, scholars and students alike.

Publishers Weekly

Although written for nonexperts, this up-to-date survey of a truly fascinating topic has much to teach the experts, too. Particularly noteworthy is the thought-provoking case for widespread literacy in Jesus’ Jewish world, a case that goes against much recent work.

—Dale C. Allison Jr., Errett M. Grable Professor of New Testament and Early Christianity, Pittsburgh Theological Seminary

Craig Evans has a gift for synthesizing large swaths of complicated technical material, identifying its most significant implications, and making it accessible to nonspecialists. Scholars, students, and general readers will benefit from this engaging overview of how archaeological finds illuminate the life of Jesus, from Galilee to the grave.

—Mark A. Chancey, Associate Professor in the Department of Religious Studies, Southern Methodist University

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Craig A. Evans

Craig A. Evans (PhD, Claremont) is an internationally known and respected New Testament scholar, apologist and author who serves as the John Bisagno Distinguished Professor of Christian Origins at Houston Baptist University. He has written extensively on the historical Jesus and the Jewish background of the New Testament era. A prolific writer, Evans has published more than seventy books and over 500 journal articles and reviews, and his books have been translated into several languages. His academic and popular books include Jesus and the Jihadis, Fabricating Jesus, From Jesus to the Church: The First Christian Generation, Jesus, The Final Days: What Really Happened (co-authored with N. T. Wright), Jesus and His Contemporaries, Matthew (in the Word Biblical Commentary) and Ancient Texts for New Testament Studies. His edited volumes include Studying the Historical Jesus, Dictionary of New Testament Background and Christian Beginnings and the Dead Sea Scrolls. Evans has lectured at several prominent universities and seminaries around the world, including Cambridge, Durham and Oxford in the United Kingdom, Princeton and Yale in the United States, and Hebrew University and Ben Gurion University in Israel. Uniquely skilled to communicate biblical scholarship through the media, Dr. Evans has reaffirmed the uniqueness and supremacy of Jesus Christ to millions of people on television, radio and in print media including Dateline NBC, National Geographic ChannelDiscovery Channel, The History Channel, The BBC, New York Times, Global TV, Wall Street Journal and The Washington Post. In addition, he served as consultant for <em>The Bible</em> television miniseries, viewed by over 100 million Americans.

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