Jesus in Context: Making Sense of the Historical Figure

We know that Jesus changed the world, but what do we know about him? This accessible and uniquely comprehensive introduction examines the evidence, the sources and different scholars' views. It argues that we know a surprising amount, and offers a coherent and well-informed picture of Jesus in his context.
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ISBN: 9781108700047
  • Author Wenham, David (Wycliffe Hall, Oxford)
  • Pub Date 04/11/2021
  • Binding Paperback
  • Pages 200
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Jesus changed our world forever. But who was he and what do we know about him? David Wenham's accessible volume is a concise and wide-ranging engagement with that enduring and elusive subject. Exploring the sources for Jesus and his scholarly reception, he surveys information from Roman, Jewish, and Christian texts, and also examines the origins of the gospels, as well as the evidence of Paul, who had access to the earliest oral traditions about Jesus. Wenham demonstrates that the Jesus of the New Testament makes sense within the first century CE context in which he lived and preached. He offers a contextualized portrait of Jesus and his teaching; his relationship with John the Baptist and the Qumran community (and the Dead Sea Scrolls); his ethics and the Sermon on the Mount, his successes and disappointments. Wenham also brings insights into Jesus' vision of the future and his understanding of his own death and calling.