Cuts through the arcane research of biblical scholarship to present an historical description of the life of Jesus, depicting him as a social revolutionary who preached a message of radical egalitarianism. 25,000 first printing. $25,000 ad/promo.
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"Crossan untangles the elaborate fabric of fact and fiction, of history and mythology, in the four gospels in order to detect the historical Jesus and the earliest Christian communities...an essential contribution to the discovery of genuine Christian life."--Uta Ranke-Heinemann, author of Eunuchs for the Kingdom of Heaven
From the world's leading expert on the life of Jesus. Social revolutionary, Jewish Socrates, political troublemaker--this shocking, insightful portrait presents Jesus as a societal rebel who preached and practiced a message of radical egalitarianism.
Crossan's revolutionary discoveries about the life of Jesus:
The infancy narratives were fable-like in their depictions and are easily clarified by historical fact. They were created to signal Jesus' importance and continuity with and fulfillment of the Torah.
The resurrection is a myth signifying that Jesus' spirit, inspiration, teaching, and example lived on powerfully in his surviving followers.
Jesus was more radical and threatening than any political revolutionary leader of his time or since, because he espoused absolute equality in a society that was completely segregated along class and gender lines.
Jesus' healing activities were not so much miracles of physical transformation but rather liberating declarations that sick people were fully acceptable members of society rather than untouchables afflicted by God for some sin.From the Inside Flap:
John Dominic Crossan, widely regarded as the leading authority on the words and life of Jesus, cuts through the minutiae and arcane research of much biblical scholarship to present the best possible historical depiction of Jesus--the man and his message. In elegant prose marked by startling revelations, Crossan presents Jesus as a social revolutionary who preached and practiced a message of radical egalitarianism. The Jesus portrayed by Crossan is a savvy and courageous Jewish Mediterranean peasant who challenged the sacrosanct social rules regarding class, gender, and status. What emerges from this stunning biography is a vision of Jesus as a Jewish Socratic philosopher and political agitator who gave voice to those who had never been heard and love to the most cast-out members of society. He proclaimed--in thought and action--that all may participate in the rule of God.
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Book Description HarperSanFrancisco, 1994. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # 0060616695