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The Historical Jesus for Dummies


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Introduction. Part I: Piecing Together the Jesus Story. Chapter 1: Meeting the Manfrom Nazareth. Chapter 2: Comparing the Gospels: A Biblical Biography of Jesus. Chapter 3: Pursuing the Historical Jesus in the Gospels. Chapter 4: Sharing in the Quests: Appreciating Modern Scholars' Efforts. Chapter 5: Checking the Sources for Evidence of Jesus. Part II: Reconstructing the World of Jesus. Chapter 6: Introducing the Great and Powerful Rome. Chapter 7: Taking a Snapshot of Jewish Society in Jesus's Time. Chapter 8: Feeling Rome's Influence. Part III: Exploring the Life of Jesus the Jew. Chapter 9: Examining Jesus's Family and Early Life. Chapter 10: Starting a New Movement. Chapter 11: Teaching Wisdom and Telling Tales. Chapter 12: Working Miracles and Confounding Crowds. Part IV: Witnessing Jesus's Execution and Resurrection. Chapter 13: Scouting the Competition: Jesus's Opponents. Chapter 14: Examining Jesus's Crucifixion. Chapter 15: The Resurrection: From the Messiah to the Son of God. Part V: Experiencing Christ in Culture. Chapter 16: A Western Savior Goes Global. Chapter 17: From Graffiti to the Guggenheim: Jesus in Art. Chapter 18: The Reel Jesus. Part VI: The Part of Tens. Chapter 19: Top Ten Historical Controversies about Jesus. Chapter 20: Top Ten Pilgrimage Sites Associated with Jesus. Index.

About the Author

Dr. Catherine Murphy is Associate Professor of New Testament at Santa Clara University, where she teaches courses on the Bible, the historical Jesus, gender in early Christianity, and apocalyptic literature. She earned her doctorate in New Testament and early Christianity from the University of Notre Dame, where she worked on the Dead Sea Scrolls publication team. She has traveled frequently to Israel, Greece, Turkey, and Europe and has written two books, Wealth in the Dead Sea Scrolls and in the Qumran Community (2002) and John the Baptist: Prophet of Purity for a New Age (2003). She also gives frequent talks on the Bible, the historical Jesus, Mary Magdalene, and Jesus in film.

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