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Professor David Flusser's biography of the life of Jesus is the fruit of almost fifty years of personal research concerning what may be considered the most well-known figure of the Second Temple Period. His philological-historical approach calls for a reconsideration of how we read the literary sources. He brings to bear the wealth of new information regarding the first-century setting in light of the Dead Sea Scrolls, historical inquiry, and recent archaeological discoveries. What results is a compelling portrait of Jesus which gains additional depth because it is viewed with in the context of Jewish thought and life in the first century. Both Jewish and Christian readers will be challenged by the results of Flusser's study.
The present work is based upon Flusser's 1968 edition of Jesus. Yet, with the passage of 30 years, the new volume has been essentially rewritten to incorporate the wealth of new data. Whereas the previous book - now out of print - represented the beginnings of Flusser's investigation into the historical Jesus, the present volume is its culmination.
The new book is especially significant because Flusser follows the synoptic theory of the late Robert Lindsey. Together Flusser and Lindsey laid the foundations for a school of New Testament research, today known as the Jerusalem School of Synoptic Research. In the first chapter of the book (p. 22) Flusser states his intention to 'apply the methods of literary criticism and Lindsey' [synoptic] solution to unlock these ancient sources [i.e., Matthew, Mark and Luke].'
At 80, one of the world's foremost Jewish authorities on the New Testament and early Christianity. In his book Flusser, Professor Emeritus at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, tells what he has learned in a lifetime of studying the life and teachings of Jesus of Nazareth. Jesus was written by Prof. Flusser in collaboration with his student Dr. R. Steven Notley. Notley is director of the Jerusalem School of Synoptic Research and head of Jerusalem University College's New Testament Department.
Table of Contents
Foreword by R. Steven Notley Preface
Chapter 1: Sources Chapter 2: Ancestry Chapter 3: Baptism Chapter 4: Law Chapter 5: Love Chapter 6: Ethics Chapter 7: The Kingdom of Heaven Chapter 8: The Son Chapter 9: The Son of Man Chapter 10: Jerusalem Chapter 11: Death Chapter 12: Epilogue
Chapter 13: 'The House of David' on an Ossuary Chapter 14: 'Who is it that Struck You?' Chapter 15: '... To Bury Caiaphas, Not to Praise Him' Chapter 16: What was the Original Meaning of Ecce Homo? Chapter 17: The Crucified One and the Jews Chapter 18: Additional Considerations: Jesus Weeps Over Jerusalem Chapter 19: The Topography and Archaeology of the Passion: A Reconstruction of the Via Dolorosa by Magen Broshi Chapter 20: The Stages of Redemption History According to John the Baptist and Jesus
Chronological Table Bibliography Index of Sources Index of Subjects