Jesus the Jew: A Historian's Reading of the Gospels

This now classic book is a significant corrective to several recent developments in the study of the historical Jesus In contrast to depictions of Jesus as a wandering Cynic teacher, Geza Vermes offers a portrait based on evidence of charismatic activity in first century Galilee Vermes shows how the major New Testament titles of Jesus prophet, Lord, Messiah, son of man,This now classic book is a significant corrective to several recent developments in the study of the historical Jesus In contrast to depictions of Jesus as a wandering Cynic teacher, Geza Vermes offers a portrait based on evidence of charismatic activity in first century Galilee Vermes shows how the major New Testament titles of Jesus prophet, Lord, Messiah, son of man, Son of God can be understood in this historical context The result is a description of Jesus that retains its power and its credibility.
Jesus the Jew A Historian s Reading of the Gospels This now classic book is a significant corrective to several recent developments in the study of the historical Jesus In contrast to depictions of Jesus as a wandering Cynic teacher Geza Vermes offer

  • Title: Jesus the Jew: A Historian's Reading of the Gospels
  • Author: Géza Vermès
  • ISBN: 9780800614430
  • Page: 465
  • Format: Paperback
  • 1 thought on “Jesus the Jew: A Historian's Reading of the Gospels”

    1. This book was incredible. Mr. Vermes is an outstanding academic who charts out the historical context of the man that was Jesus, how he fit into the Judaism of his day, and what exactly is it that he was doing. Vermes then goes on to outline the gross distortions that have ensued over the centuries, starting with the so-called gospels (in actuality treatises on Jewish Oral Law) all the way to the image of the man himself, now deified, removed from the Judaism he so fervently practiced. As a conv [...]

    2. “Your God was a jew. Christ was a jew like me.” –Leopold Bloom to a group of hecklers, in Ulysses.This book is another suggestion from my friend Laurie, the mysterious woman from New Zealand who wrote a number of fascinating reviews on in 2008 then disappeared from view. About Jesus the Jew she says, “Nobody who hasn’t read it should utter even a single sentence containing the word ‘Jesus’.” I wouldn’t go quite that far (the woman tends to go over the top). But it’s a compel [...]

    3. It now seems very strange that I have not come across this author before. I may have seen his name in some footnotes here and there, but I knew nothing of him. Only after I had read an article about him in a Polish political magazine, I took interest in his work. A Jew, a former Catholic priest, a sceptic, a historian - his personage alone was very promising. And this book lives up to that promise! It is a clear and thorough discussion of the historical Jesus, the evolution of his cult and how i [...]

    4. Although the author makes an attempt to simplify, I still found it to be quite technical at times. However, it was still a fascinating study of aspects of the historical Jesus. Especially some of the background to His life and times - the characteristics of Galileans, how they spoke, the vernacular they used as well as their customs and history. All in all a good read just don't power through it (it could be done in a day or two).

    5. Unfortunately, this book is not meant for the lay reader but for academics and theologians with knowledge of ancient linguistics and doctrinal controversies.

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