The Historical Figure of Jesus, Paperback

The Historical Figure of Jesus Paperback

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This is a biography of the historical figure of Jesus.

The book studies the relationship between Judaism and Christianity, distinguishing the certain from the improbable, and assessing the historical and religious context of Christ's time.

The spread of Christianity is also discussed.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Biography: general
  • ISBN: 9780140144994



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Sanders is one of the bright stars in the field of NT studies. He has a very measured view of Jesus. You will not find "shocking and extraordinary" claims here about Jesus--he was not married to Mary Magdalene, nor did he come from outer space--but you will find responsible scholarship about who Sanders thinks Jesus really was. This book was written for lay people, and while it take a bit more than just Sunday School knowledge to get through it, it is not a hard read. It is demanding in that Sanders does not ask easy questions, nor does he offer easy answers, but this proves to be a very rewarding read. Sanders is a biblical scholar, not a Bible study leader. He does not assume, for instance, that every word of the Bible is inspired, or even that Jesus said everything that is in Red in the King James Bible. But he is not out to make a "New Jesus," just ot help us understand little better who Jesus might have been.