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Title: The Historical Jesus: An Essential Guide
Author: Charlesworth, James H
Publisher: Abingdon Press; Publication Date: 2008
Paperback; ISBN: 9780687021673
Volumes: 1; Pages: 128
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Recent years have seen an explosion of talk about the Historical Jesus from the now infamous Jesus Seminar and from many various news outlets (especially sensational TV documentaries and national magazines). How is the student or pastor to assess these various claims about Jesus? And what differences do his time and place make for contemporary Christian faith? No one today is better equipped than James Charlesworth to lead students quickly and easily through the thickets of controversy that surround much of contemporary Historical Jesus research. Charlesworth provides an overview of three distinctive, modern quests fo rthe Historical Jesus. He evaluates the lasting contributions of each of these scholarly quests and then explains what successive generations of scholars have overemphasized and what they have left undone. Charlesworth concludes with a "just-the-facts" description of what we now know as we enter the 21st century about Jesus within his 1st century Jewish context. Charlesworth presents the solid results of contemporary research into the life and times of Jesus, especially the role of the Essenes, the significance of the Dead Sea Scrolls, Messianic expectation, and much more. This Abingdon Essential Guide will fulfill the need for a brief, substantive, yet highly accessible introduction to this core area of New Testament Studies. Drawing on the best in current scholarship, written with the need of students foremost in mind, addressed to learners in a number of contexts, this Essential Guide will be the first choice of those who wish to acquaint themselves or their students with the broad scope of issues, perspectives, and subject matters relating to modern quests for the Historical Jesus. The Historical Jesus: An Essential Guide will be necessary reading for students in courses on the Gospels and courses on Jesus in seminaries and colleges. It will also be a preferred text for those who need or want to refresh their knowledge regarding the context within which Jesus lived in preparation for leading church discussion groups in studies of the Gospels.