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Encounters with Jesus: The Man in His Place and Time
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Encounters with Jesus: The Man in His Place and Time

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Fortress Press 2012

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What was there in Jesus’ person, behavior, and words that prompted not only much enthusiasm but also much hostility? This compelling portrait of the man Jesus of Nazareth by two pioneers of the anthropological study of early Christianity answers this vital question. They bring the fruit of years of scholarship to bear on a radical figure in Roman Galilee and on his encounters with others and the movement those encounters inspired. They give close attention to the everyday realities that shaped those encounters: the facts of travel, common meals, domestic space, and the interactions of bodies. The result is a refreshing new look at the man who proved so significant-and so controversial-in Western culture.

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Key Features

  • Recovers and analyzes the life of Christ
  • Draws on a variety of resources to reconstruct the life of Jesus
  • Offers a new perspective on the man who inspired such controversy and faith


  • Introduction: On Jesus’ Lifestyle
  • Jesus on His Landscape: Mental Maps and Real Territories
  • Jesus on Foot: A Life in Continuous Movement
  • Jesus Face to Face: Encounters
  • Jesus at Table: Eating Together
  • Jesus Leaves Home and Is Made at Home with Others
  • Jesus and His Body
  • Jesus and Emotion: Feelings and Desires
  • Conclusion: The Concrete Reality of a Radical Life

Praise for the Print Edition

Recent scholarship has provided numerous works that have opened up the discussion of the historical Jesus in fresh ways. In this exciting new work on Jesus, Destro and Pesce collaborate to investigate Jesus in terms of ‘lifestyle’ or ‘existential praxis’—that is, by examining Jesus’ habitual actions that reveal the depths of his personality and intentions. They do this by looking at the concrete realities of Jesus’ relationships—not only to other people, but to the land as well. They explore his commensality, his emotions, and his body in ways that bring new focus to old questions. Every reader will be rewarded by engaging the work of these two veteran interpreters.

K. C. Hanson, editor in chief, Wipf and Stock

Product Details

  • Title: Encounters with Jesus: The Man in His Place and Time
  • Authors: Adriana Destro and Mauro Pesce
  • Publisher: Augsburg Fortress
  • Publication Date: 2011
  • Pages: 256

About the Authors

Adriana Destro is a professor of cultural anthropology at the University of Bologna and the author of numerous books on anthropology and the anthropological study of religion.

Mauro Pesce is the professor of the history of Christianity at the University of Bologna and author of numerous books in New Testament Studies.

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