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This work takes up two related questions with regard to Jesus: his intention and his relationship to his contemporaries in Judaism. These questions immediately lead to two others: the reason for his death (did his intention involve an opposition to Judaism which led to death?) and the motivating force behind the rise of Christianity (did the split between the Christian ...more
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Published 2004 by Editorial Trotta (first published November 30th 1984)
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Jun 28, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In this volume from 1985, E.P. Sanders attempts to elucidate, from an historical perspective, the position of Jesus Christ within first century Judaism, and to account for his execution and the subsequent divergence of the early Christian church from the Jewish tradition from which they sprang. The picture he paints is that Jesus neither strongly identified with any of the major sects thriving at that time, nor, in principle, stood in stark opposition to any of them (and particularly the ...more
Laura Robinson
Jul 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It's pretty easy for works on the historical Jesus to start to run together after awhile, but what makes this especially interesting is the starting point: Jesus' disturbance of the Temple. It seems that recently most scholars in this vein start at Jesus' crucifixion and build out without a great deal of attention to Gospel texts themselves -- thus Jesus angered the Romans, thus he led a messianic movement, thus the Jewish authorities need not have been particularly involved at all, etc. By ...more
Christopher Chandler
Sanders does well bringing in a holistic picture of 1C Judaism to understand Jesus, but as critics have pointed out he has an inconsistent methodology when assigning authenticity or inauthenticity to sayings. He spends significant time on the importance of the temple--which I'm convinced by--but arrives there by denying Mark 11:17 as authentic. He gives insignificant space for this claim and it's my opinion that he doesn't need to dismiss the saying to make the temple scene central to the ...more
Andrew Cress
Aug 23, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Definitely a landmark in historical Jesus studies. Avoids the demonization of Judaism in the first century that is so common among NT scholars. At the same time, the book is essentially attempting to flesh out the theory presented in Sanders work on Paul and the law (PPJ). This theory controls his interpretation of the evidence more than anything. Poor historical method and poor writing fill the pages, but the book’s influence and importance cannot be overstated.
Jeffrey Backlin
Mar 15, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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I chose this book to read as one of several options from more liberal scholars on the historical Jesus as this work was named by some summaries as one of the catalysts for the third quest for the historical Jesus. Several very helpful insights within and an important read, however I found his dismissal of numerous sayings as weak without adequate discussion of criteria of authenticity. Glad to have read this book though.
Tommi Karjalainen
Very much enjoyed that, after Sanders describes his own liberal and social-gospel church background, he says, "I am not bold enough... to suppose that Jesus came to establish it, or that the died for the sake of its principles." (334)

Sanders is clear that he works as a historian, not as a theologian. The book should be read accordingly.
Feb 21, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sanders was actually surprisingly fun to read, and his critiques of protestant scholarship were helpful in a few key places.
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Ed Parish Sanders is a New Testament scholar, and is one of the principal proponents of the New Perspective on Paul. He has been Arts and Sciences Professor of Religion at Duke University, North Carolina, since 1990. He retired in 2005