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Jesus and Archaeology Paperback – July 28, 2006
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"Comprehensive in scope, yet retains a depth of analysis and allows ready access to a host of highly significant issues."
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"A very interesting and informative collection that provides an excellent overview of the state of the question to date on archaeology's contribution to our knowledge of Jesus and first-century Judaism."
"Careful, scholarly work. . . Those with some background will find it a gold mine of cultural information that will mentor them in reading the Gospels contextually."
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"Recommended reading for New Testament scholars interested in the ways in which archaeology is brought to bear on Jesus research."
From the Back Cover
"Jesus and Archaeology" contains the revised and edited lectures that leading archaeologists and biblical scholars presented at a gathering in Jerusalem to celebrate the new millennium. Many contributors came directly from their excavations in places like Bethsaida, Capernaum, Nazareth, and Jerusalem to share their discoveries and insights, focusing on the question "In what ways do new archaeological discoveries clarify the world, life, and thought of Jesus from Nazareth?" Readers of "Jesus and Archaeology" will gain many new insights into the life and times of this fascinating Galilean Jew.
Contributors: Paul N. Anderson
Richard A. Batey
Brian J. Capper
James H. Charlesworth
James D. G. Dunn
J. K. Elliott
Craig A. Evans
John S. Kloppenborg
Michele Piccirillo, O.F.M.
Bargil Pixner, O.S.B.
Henry W. M. Rietz
Daniel R. Schwartz
Benedict Thomas Viviano, O.P.
Urban C. von Wahlde
John W. Welch
Joseph E. Zias
Top Customer Reviews
Taken as a whole, the collection discuss all the major issues and relevant locations concerning the archaeology of the Holy Land as it touches on Jesus. For example, the two articles on archaeology and John's Gospel total almost one hundred pages. There is some overlap among the various articles and a couple are somewhat "off topic" (but useful nonetheless).
Unfortunately there is no completely satisfactory introductory work on this topic. Perhaps the best is Crossan and Reed's EXCAVATING JESUS, which is quirky at places and should be used with caution.
I found many fascinating gems here:
* An account of excavations at the village of Cana, giving a picture of Galilean villages, and including the discovery of stone pots of the type that Jesus used to turn water into wine.
* Excavations at the fishing town of Bethsaida.
* Excavations on Mount Zion and the possible existence of an Essene community in Jerusalem that Jesus was acquainted with.
* Another paper addresses the possible, existence of Essene community houses throughout Judea, and again, the possibility that Jesus was influenced by their activities.
* Most interesting to me was a paper examining the archaeological evidence for places described or mentioned in John's Gospel. John is often regarded as late and unhistorical, yet the evidence shows that the author of John had a good knowledge of Jerusalem and elsewhere at the time of Jesus, including locations that were destroyed or changed soon afterwards. This shows that there is a strong eyewitness element in John.
If you're interested in small pieces of background information about the life of Jesus, you should find this book as interesting as I did, but don't expect any amazing revelations that prove, or disprove, major facts about Jesus.
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An excellent book and introduction to this entire area of study by someone who knows the field well!!Published 4 months ago by David L. Laughlin
Published around July, 2006 and weighing in at over 760 pages, 'Jesus and Archaeology' constitutes a major contribution to the title's field by a scholar with a distinguished... Read morePublished on November 14, 2008 by Michael Calum Jacques