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Select Works of John Dominic Crossan (8 vols.)
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Select Works of John Dominic Crossan (8 vols.)

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Gathering Interest

Overview

John Dominic Crossan is one of the foremost historical Jesus scholars of our time. This collection gathers eight volumes of his provocative work, exploring Jesus’ life and teachings as they are presented in the Bible, as well as several apocryphal texts. The product of a lifetime of research, works such as Cliffs of Fall, In Fragments, and The Essential Jesus examine how Jesus’ teachings are presented throughout several nontraditional sources, and look at the Galilean’s teaching from several new angles. Then, in works like The Cross that Spoke and Four Other Gospels, Crossan explores how apocryphal texts like the gospels of Thomas and Peter can affect the way we read accounts of Jesus in the traditional canon.

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For another perspective on the historical Jesus, check out Ben Witherington III’s defense of traditional Christian doctrine, What Have They Done with Jesus?

Key Features

  • Gathers eight works from popular historical Jesus scholar John Dominic Crossan
  • Examines how Jesus’ sayings are presented in several nontraditional sources
  • Explores apocryphal accounts of Jesus’ life in the gospels of Thomas, Peter, and others

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Cliffs of Fall: Paradox and Polyvalence in the Parables of Jesus

  • Author: John Dominic Crossan
  • Publisher: Wipf & Stock
  • Publication Date: 2008
  • Pages: 128

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When John Dominic Crossan’s book, In Parables: The Challenge of the Historical Jesus, was published in 1973, many heralded it as a major development in research both on the parables and on the historical Jesus. This was due not only to its sophisticated use of historical, literary, and philosophical disciplines but also to the sensitive way in which they were combined and to the novel insights that resulted when this combination was focused on individual parables.

Cliffs of Fall continues the study initiated by In Parables, bringing Crossan’s work up to date conceptually, philosophically, and exegetically. Crossan makes the Parable of the Sower the touchstone text throughout his work.

The Cross that Spoke: The Origins of the Passion Narrative

  • Author: John Dominic Crossan
  • Publisher: Wipf & Stock
  • Publication Date: 2008
  • Pages: 454

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In this work, John Dominic Crossan argues that the Passion and resurrection in the four gospels are radical revisions of an earlier gospel account. Crossan boldly builds the case that the apocryphal Gospel of Peter—discovered in the grave of a Christian monk in Egypt circa 1886—contains the earliest version of the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus. He describes how the authors of the four Gospels revised the early account of how their revision predominated as Roman authority grew. Lacking in the revision, he suggests, is the very heart of the earlier Passion: its depiction of Jesus’ death as the consummation of Israel’s pain and the resurrection as the vindication of Israel’s faith.

Lucid, lively, and refreshingly frank. . . . Crossan combines mastery of the material and . . . amazing originality and ingenuity.

—Morton Smith, professor emeritus of history and special lecturer in religion, Columbia University

No one who cares for the formative age of Western civilization and for the history of religion in that time will want to miss this masterpiece of scholarly wit and intelligence.

Jacob Neusner, Underleider Distinguished Scholar of Judaic Studies, Brown University

The Essential Jesus: Original Sayings and Earliest Images

  • Author: John Dominic Crossan
  • Publisher: Wipf & Stock
  • Publication Date: 2008
  • Pages: 208

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Here John Dominic Crossan offers the core of his life’s work: a concise and astonishing presentation of the authentic teachings and earliest images of Jesus. Crossan’s fresh translations of Jesus’ teaching show Jesus to be a teacher whose radical message that all are equal before God is as timely today as it was 2,000 years ago. Crossan argues that pre-Constantinian Christian renderings of Jesus demonstrate that he was remembered by the first Christians not as God, but as a revolutionary healer and leader.

Another triumph in inimitable Crossan style.

Robert W. Funk, author, The Five Gospels: The Search for the Authentic Worlds of Jesus

. . . an unusually informative and useful book.

Harvey Cox, Hollis Research Professor of Divinity, Harvard University

Like an archival video, this fascinating book leads us back to the original voice of Jesus.

—Uta Ranke-Heinemann, author, Eunuchs for the Kingdom of Heaven

Finding Is the First Act: Trove Folktales and Jesus’ Treasure Parable

  • Author: John Dominic Crossan
  • Publisher: Wipf & Stock
  • Publication Date: 2008
  • Pages: 150

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An imaginative and illuminating study, Finding Is the First Act places historical thinking in creative tension with literary appreciation. John Dominic Crossan examines the structures of Jesus’ parable of the hidden treasure (Matthew 13:44), mapping its paths (finding, acting, buying) in view of other treasure stories in Jewish and world folklore. Startling differences emerge in the plot options Jesus presents. These point to a new understanding of the directive to give up everything for the Kingdom of God.

Four Other Gospels: Shadows on the Contour of Canon

  • Author: John Dominic Crossan
  • Publisher: Wipf & Stock
  • Publication Date: 2008
  • Pages: 208

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The four canonical gospels have long been set as Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John. This book is about four other gospels: the Gospel of Thomas, the Secret Gospel of Mark; the Gospel of Peter, and Egerton Papyrus 2. These four other gospels have generally been regarded as mere digests or collages of the canonical gospels. John Dominic Crossan argues that these four hold many independent, earlier traditions than the canonical gospels. Crossan does not propose a new or alternative canon, but reveals the many ways these discarded texts might shed light on the canonical gospels.

. . . simply breathtaking . . .

James M. Robinson, professor emeritus of religion, Claremont Graduate University

Here is a book that splendidly exemplifies the new possibilities for research that integrates canonical and extracanonical sources.

—Elaine Pagels, Harrington Spear Paine Professor of Religion, Princeton University

An important contribution to the ongoing discussion of the relation of non-canonical gospels to the four gospels.

—George MacRae, late Charles Chauncey Stillman Professor of Roman Catholic Theology, Harvard Divinity School

In Fragments: The Aphorisms of Jesus

  • Author: John Dominic Crossan
  • Publisher: Wipf & Stock
  • Publication Date: 2008
  • Pages: 400

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Jesus was perhaps the greatest aphorist of all time. But his aphorisms—a major part of his teachings—have been largely overlooked by biblical scholars. John Dominic Crossan offers the first comprehensive analysis of Jesus’ aphorisms as an area of study distinct from, but equal in importance to, the parables and dialogues.

The heart of Crossan’s work is his discussion of over 130 aphorisms of Jesus pulled from the canonical gospels, as well as the Gospel of Thomas, and the Apostolic Fathers. Crossan offers an original method for identifying, organizing, and correlating these sayings and discusses the particular benefits of aphorism as opposed to teachings embodied in the narrative or dialogue forms.

Raid on the Articulate: Comic Eschatology in Jesus and Borges

  • Author: John Dominic Crossan
  • Publisher: Wipf & Stock
  • Publication Date: 2008
  • Pages: 224

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In Raid on the Articulate, John Dominic Crossan juxtaposes the sayings and parables of Jesus with the works of modern Argentine writer Jorge Luis Borges to reveal fresh interpretations. Emphasizing both biblical and literary materials, Crossan presents a unique literary aspect of Jesus’ teaching that provides a new perspective on New Testament texts and forms.

Raid on the Articulate makes a brilliant example of how fruitfully structuralist procedures in literary criticism may be employed in the study of biblical literature.

—Nathan A. Scott Jr., professor of theology, University of Virginia

Sayings Parallels: A Workbook for the Jesus Tradition

  • Author: John Dominic Crossan
  • Publisher: Wipf & Stock
  • Publication Date: 2008
  • Pages: 254

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Sayings Parallels is a workbook for the study of the Jesus tradition. The same saying often appears in different sources, genres, and versions within the Jesus tradition. This phenomenon has implications even for those cases where there are no parallels and the unit appears in only one instance. John Dominic Crossan attempts to present the data as neutrally as possible, facilitating discussion of factual diversity rather than to promoting a specific interpretation of its presence.

About John Dominic Crossan

John Dominic Crossan is an Irish-American New Testament scholar and historian. A former Catholic priest, Crossan writes both scholarly and popular works on the historical Jesus, postmodern hermeneutics, and ancient Near Eastern society. He was a frequent contributor and editor of the journal of biblical criticism, Semeia. He is the author of the best-selling books The Historical Jesus and Jesus: A Revolutionary Biography.