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The Real Jesus: Then and Now


Fortress Press 2010

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In The Real Jesus, Geza Vermes, best known for his work on the Dead Sea Scrolls and the Jesus of history, offers lucid and engaging presentations of his lifelong research, along with comments on a variety of contemporary religious themes, such as The Da Vinci Code, Mel Gibson’s controversial film The Passion of the Christ, Benedict XVI’s book Jesus of Nazareth, and the Gospel of Judas.

Informed by the work of a world-class scholar, the short articles in this book open to the reader the findings of some of the major discoveries of the twentieth century, such as the Dead Sea Scrolls, especially as they shed light on contemporary religious and biblical questions.

This collection of shorter popular pieces, many of which appeared in The Times of London and other newspapers, makes Vermes’ research on Christian origins, the Dead Sea Scrolls and most importantly Jesus the Jew accessible to everyone.

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Key Features

  • Reflects the views on religious matters of a liberal thinker who has tried to separate reality from myth
  • Discusses the historical Jesus, his real life and authentic teaching, and the sketching of the genuine portrait of this holy Galilean Jew
  • Provides thought provoking analysis of modern questions regarding the person of Jesus Christ as well as Christianity as a whole


  • Part One: Jesus
    • The Age of Jesus
    • Jesus the Jew
    • The Changing Faces of Jesus in the New Testament and Since
    • Jesus God in Spite of Himself An Interview with the Parisian Magazine Le Point
    • When You Strip away all the Pious Fiction, What Is Left of the Real Jesus?
    • Jesus Was a Great Man
    • Benedict XVI and Jesus of Nazareth: A Review
    • The Truth about the Historical Jesus
    • Was Jesus Really Human?
    • A Television Documentary on Christ and the British Press: Channel 4’s Jesus: the Evidence (April 1984)
  • Part Two: Christmas—Passion—Easter
    • The Nativity Narratives Seen by a Historian
    • Matthew’s Nativity Is Charmng and Frightening . . . But It’s a Jewish Myth
    • Celluloid Brutality
    • The Passion
    • Caiaphas Was Innocent?
    • Iscariot and the Dark Path to the Field of Blood
    • The Resurrection
  • Part Three: The Dead Sea Scrolls
    • Secrets of the Scrolls
    • Exploring the Scrolls
    • The Qumran Community and the Essenes
    • Midrash in the Dead Sea Scrolls and the New Testament
  • Part Four: Miscellanea
    • The Notion of the Covenant in the Dead Sea Scrolls
    • Tax-Collectors
    • Christian Origins in a Nutshell
    • The Great Da Vinci Code Distraction
    • What’s Sex Got to Do with It?
    • The Evolution of Religious Ideas
    • Let’s Hope Vatican Politics Do Not Hinder the Holy Spirit
    • Moving on from Reproach to Rapprochement The Pope and the President of Israel

Praise for the Print Edition

Geza Vermes is best known as a respected editor and translator of the Dead Sea Scrolls and as the author of a successful series of books on the historical Jesus. In these essays written for the popular press, he reveals himself as an astute and thoughtful cultural critic as well. He writes cogently and candidly on Mel Gibson, Dan Brown, Benedict XVI, the scandal of the delayed publication of the Dead Sea Scrolls, and, yes, the historical Jesus as well. Small bites, but each one nourishing.

Luke Timothy Johnson, Robert W. Woodruff Professor of New Testament and Christian Origins, Candler School of Theology, Emory University

These elegant and humane essays will enlighten everyone interested in Jesus, the world in which he lived, and the modern efforts to portray him.

E. P. Sanders, emeritus arts and sciences professor of religion, Duke University

Product Details

  • Title: The Real Jesus: Then and Now
  • Author: Geza Vermes
  • Publisher: Augsburg Fortress
  • Publication Date: 2010
  • Pages: 160

About Geza Vermes

Geza Vermes is emeritus fellow of the British Academy, and emeritus professor of Jewish studies and fellow of Wolfson College, Oxford University. He has been an international leader in the field of Dead Sea Scrolls research for more than 40 years, as recounted in his Providential Accidents: An Autobiography.

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