Based on Crossan's acclaimed and controversial The Historical Jesus ( LJ 2/1/92), this elegant new reconstruction popularizes and occasionally elaborates on that earlier work. Gone is the massive documentation. What remains is an engrossing, often startling exploration of key themes, in which Crossan weighs scriptural texts against anthropological, historical, and literary standards, sifting through accrued layers for evidence of earlier (if noncanonical) sources. He acknowledges his naturalistic assumptions (``I presume that Jesus . . . could not cure . . . disease''), which, together with his critical method, cause him to dismiss the virgin birth, say, or the passion/resurrection narratives, as historically invalid. Yet he also offers nuanced, powerful readings of Jesus' teachings. Bound to disturb some people and stimulate others, this is recommended for all libraries where lay readers are likely to be interested in the issues raised.-- Elise Chase, Forbes Lib., Northampton, Mass. Copyright 1993 Cahners Business Information.
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 egalitarianismReview by Publisher Summary 2
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.Review by Publisher Summary 3
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.