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The Historical Figure of Jesus by E.P. Sanders
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Jun 18, 2011

really liked it

Sanders provides historical, social and theological context to the life of Jesus. In a highly accessible introduction to the historical study of Jesus' life he explores the major events of Jesus' life through investigating the political complexities of his age, the synoptic problem and larger problem of sources, major Jewish groups of the time, how major terms were understood. As an introduction to these issues Sanders gives little attention to the scholarly debates and mentions only a few other names. Aside from that he does seem to represent the current mainstream opinion that Jesus was primarily understood as an eschatological prophet, the kingdom primarily understood in those terms.

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