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From Jesus to the Church: The First Christian Generation Hardcover – February 14, 2014
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About the Author
Craig A. Evans is Payzant Distinguished Professor of New Testament at Acadia Divinity College, Acadia University, in Wolfville, Nova Scotia, Canada. The author or editor of more than 50 books and hundreds of articles, Evans is a regular guest on many national media outlets, including NBC, The History Channel, The Discovery Channel, and the BBC. He is an internationally distinguished authority and lecturer on the historical Jesus. For more information, visit craigaevans.com.
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Well footnoted with primary sources, this book is surprisingly readable, suitable for the average interested person, with lots of helpful graphics along the way. (but a shame the many photos were not colour!). What surprised me most was that he makes a habit of pointing out the obvious within the gospel texts, and putting all of these together alongside outside sources strengthen his arguments. There are a couple of places where Evans stretches his assumptions, (he notes this too) but these are still much more feasible than most literature published in the last 200 years on the Gospels. Anyone wanting research ideas for New Testament studies would benefit from reading this book as there are so many rabbit trails that could be followed!