- Paperback: 238 pages
- Publisher: HarperOne; 1 edition (February 2, 1996)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0060614803
- ISBN-13: 978-0060614805
- Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 0.6 x 8 inches
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Who Killed Jesus?: Exposing the Roots of Anti-Semitism in the Gospel Story of the Death of Jesus Paperback – February 2, 1996
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Bestselling author John Dominic Crossan's riveting and definitive historical investigation into the nature and meaning of Jesus' death.
Praise for Crossan's previous works:
"With his work on Jesus, Crossan joins the ranks of the truly great biblical scholars of the twentieth century." (Robert W. Funk, editor of The Five Gospels and founder of the Jesus Seminar)
"Crossan paints his Jesus with great warmth and power. He achieves a portrait that both takes in the contemporary background yet accounts for Jesus' distinctiveness." (New York Times Book Review)
"This is an extremely interesting, erudite, informative, must-read for anyone interested in the New Testament. Read it." (National Catholic Reporter)
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Crossan examines the Gospel of Peter and his "Cross Gospel" theory against a backdrop that is both literary and anthropological. Examining the anti-Semetic elements of the Gospels against that diorama exposes the ascendency of Roman power in the first Century against the Jewish revolt, and the need for Christianity to distance itself as it became more mainstream among the Gentiles.
A noted scholar and prolific author, Crossan truly wishes to dig into historicized legend verses remembered history, and will make the reader think about the elements in light of scholarly research and recent archaeology. You will be challenged in your understanding, beliefs and assumptions as you read, which are good elements in the book.
Offsetting this somewhat is his heavy parallelism and apologetics to Raymond Brown's book on the same subject. Crossan has written on this subject before in many of his books, so this one is positioned more as an apology than an expose. That;s all fine and good, but is does detract a bit from the overall theme.
A good book, a great subject, a thougt provoker for certain.