This text analyzes key themes in historical Jesus research, such as Jesus’ Galilean origins, the scope of his ministry, and Jewish models of “holy men,” particularly prophets. The text also examines Jesus’ teaching and healing, his trial and crucifixion, his resurrection, and the links between the Jesus movement and the early church. The book explains and discusses the positions of a variety of key scholars such as E. P. Sanders, John Dominic Crossan, James D. G. Dunn, N. T. Wright, and R. E. Brown.
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Written by an expert in the historical context of the emerging Christian movement, this is a thoughtful, lucid, and intelligent introduction to the historical Jesus, ideal for the new student and the general reader.
This is a gem! Bond manages to canvass an ocean of modern Jesus-scholarship in an impressively concise discussion, clearly and accessibly conveying the basics of each scholar and issue considered, and also crisply representing majority views of scholars on the key historical data and what we can make of them. It is, to my knowledge, the best general-reader-level introduction to the subject available.
—Larry W. Hurtado, co-editor of Jesus Among Friends and Enemies: A Historical and Literary Introduction to Jesus in the Gospels, The Dead Sea Scrolls in their Historical Context, and the author of Text-Critical Methodology and the Pre-Caesarean Text: Codex W in the Gospel of Mark