This passionately argued book, written by the bestselling author of The Historical Jesus and Jesus: A Revolutionary Biography, will strike a chord with "anyone concerned with the rising tide of anti-Semitism in our world, anyone fascinated by the origins of Christianity, and anyone who likes a good mystery" (Susannah Heschel). "An excellent study" ...
This passionately argued book, written by the bestselling author of The Historical Jesus and Jesus: A Revolutionary Biography, will strike a chord with "anyone concerned with the rising tide of anti-Semitism in our world, anyone fascinated by the origins of Christianity, and anyone who likes a good mystery" (Susannah Heschel). "An excellent study".--Library Journal.
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In order to understand Jesus in our times, you must read this book by Crossan. The death of Jesus at the hands of the Roman government came after a life of living and teaching non-violence under oppression. In solidarity with the ordinary Jewish people of his time, Jesus taught survival in material and spiritual terms. Sometimes this occurs as cooperation with the authorities, at other times, as opposition - even at the cost of one's physical life.
Publishers Weekly, 1995-02-27 In a book sure to generate both conversation and controversy, John Dominic Crossan, author of two well-regarded books on the historical Jesus, names the New Testament Gospels' insistence on Jewish responsibility for Jesus' death as Christianity's ``longest lie.'' Crossan argues particularly against many of the theories posed in Raymond Brown's The Death of the Messiah. While Brown finds that many of the events in the stories of Jesus' last days are plausible historically, Crossan claims that almost none of the events are historical. According to Crossan, they are ``prophesy historicized,'' accounts written by looking back at the Old Testament and other early materials and then projecting those prophecies on whatever historical events occurred. Because many of those early writers were persecuted by the Jewish authorities, they threw in a heavy dose of propaganda against the Jews. As Crossan aptly states, these gospels were relatively harmless when Christians were a small sect. When, however, Rome became Christian, those anti-Semitic narratives became, and continue to be, lethal. Well argued and highly readable, Who Killed Jesus? also includes an important epilogue stating Crossan's own faith perspectives on the divinity and resurrection of Christ. Scholars rarely go this far, yet such a confession provides another valuable entry into this fascinating material. (Feb.)
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