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Christian Origins and the Ancient Economy Paperback – July 22, 2014
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''These essays trace the lively contemporary controversy about the socioeconomic background of Jesus of Nazareth. Fiensy fairly reviews various proposals, yet does not find a Jesus in abject poverty, but someone of modest means who could lead a mass movement. All in all, a most welcome contribution to a crucial debate about the social origins of earliest Christianity.''
--Douglas E. Oakman, Professor of Religion, Pacific Lutheran University, Washington
''The socioeconomic situation of Galilee at the time of Jesus has recently provided loads of fodder and fuel for the historical Jesus research. This book serves two great purposes: it brings the reader right up to the front line by discussing all new material available, as well as furthering the discussion by in-depth investigations. Thus, this is the place to start!''
--Morten Hørning Jensen, author of Herod Antipas in Galilee
''Many scholars have made claims about economic conditions in Galilee and elsewhere in Palestine, but very few have sifted through the evidence as carefully and systematically as Fiensy has. He convincingly demonstrates that much of what we thought we knew about the subject is wrong, while pointing us in new, fruitful directions. These sophisticated yet accessible essays are a must-read for everyone interested in the cultural climate of Jesus and the movement he started.''
--Mark A. Chancey, Professor of Religious Studies, Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Southern Methodist University, Texas --Wipf and Stock Publishers
About the Author
David A. Fiensy is Professor of New Testament and Dean of the Graduate School of Bible and Ministry at Kentucky Christian University. He also serves as Associate Director of the Shikhin Excavation Project. His previous publications include The Social History of Palestine in the Herodian Period (1991) and Jesus the Galilean (2007).
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