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Jesus of Nazareth, King of the Jews: A Jewish Life and the Emergence of Christianity Paperback – December 5, 2000
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In many ways this book owes to E.P. Sanders' reconstruction of Jesus the eschatological prophet obedient to Torah, but while for Sanders Jesus was killed for acting against the temple, Fredriksen believes he was executed because Caiaphas was nervous about Pilate's itchy trigger-finger when dealing with popular prophets. This is a sound contribution to historical-Jesus studies and should be read by anyone remotely interested in the field.
A key and noteworthy aspect of Fredriksen's work is the insight that the itinerary of John, as against the Synoptic Gospels, may be closer to the truth. That is, Jesus was known in Judea and Galilee rather than just Galilee. This allows her to say that Jesus, being known in and around Jerusalem, could be seen as a one man threat in a sense, rather than the leader of a revolutionary movement or army. Thus, when the time came to do away with Jesus his followers were left alone since they were never perceived as the threat Jesus was.Read more ›
To say that I was impressed with her even-handed academic approach would be a gross understatement. With the care and meticulousness of an anthropologist at dig site, Fredricksen excavates for the historical Jesus working from a premise that denies the all too obliged notions of the "apocalyptic messiah" or Gallelian sage.
It is with this approach that she acquires the foundation for a clear and bias-free perspective( or at least as bias-free as it it possible to get). She treats the historic record with the exacting precision and care of a surgeon, and arrives at the historical Jesus not through the prizm of the narratives (the Gospels) or through that of his proverbs, but through the seemingly inexplicable occasion of his death.
Frederiksen is perhaps most to be complimented on her evaluation of the variations of Jesus depicted between the Gospels; not using these inconguencies to dismiss them, but offering them as items to be used to juxtapose against other documents that reflect the 1st century Jesus (the dead sea scroll for example). This is an impressive technique, which has the result of more accurately capturing the historical Jesus.
Above all of this, the book is very cogent and not a difficult read. This is perhaps its best quality.
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Jesus was a son. Customs and controversy. A great awakening into the spirit of god. A Jew who built a faith anew. The way the world was as a culture.Published 6 days ago by Ishmael
This is the second Paula Fredriksen book I've read. It was interesting, but I thought she jumped around, which made it rather difficult to make sense of what she was trying to... Read morePublished 9 months ago by Jacqueline B. Lucas
This book reveals the Jewish life and background I understand and appreciate Judaism more today and during the life of Jesus and nowPublished 10 months ago by kathleen martinez
Interesting. But it feels that she has an agenda. It feels that she does not like Jesus. Then you find that she has converted to Judaism. Is this the agenda? Read morePublished 21 months ago by cdotc
I enjoyed reading this book, it gives a different perspective to first century Jewish life.Published 21 months ago by Scraggle
Author is very detailed, knowledgable and fair regarding the history and society of 1st century Palestine/Judea.Published 22 months ago by John A. Medici
I have been reading books by Borg, Spong, and Crossan--all of whom have a similar perspective on the New Testament so I was glad to find another academic with a different... Read morePublished on April 30, 2014 by Steel Magnolia
Paula Fredriksen is one of my favorite writers on the historical Jesus. Her prose is always precise and to the point. Read morePublished on December 5, 2013 by Tracy Cramer Austin, Texas