Who's Who in the Age of Jesus

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The books of the New Testament are some of the most extraordinary documents ever created-brilliant, vivid works central to the lives of many millions of readers over the centuries. Yet the picture they give of Jesus's world is a very partial one. Written some time after the events they describe, and with very specific doctrinal aims, they offer fascinating glimpses of Palestine that are nevertheless often refracted through a prism of doubtful clarity.


Geza Vermes, one of the world's foremost biblical scholars, is uniquely positioned to guide the reader through the many conundrums presented by the New Testament. Who's Who in the Age of Jesus is an ambitious and enjoyable attempt to sift through the sources for the period to create biographies of all the major (and some fascinating minor) figures from Jesus's era. The book allows readers to understand a Jewish, Roman, and Hellenistic world crowded with explosive, mutually antagonistic groups-a world that would give rise both to a new Judaism and ultimately to Christianity.

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Geza Vermes was born in Hungary in 1924. From 1957 to 1991 he taught in at the Universities of Newcastle and Oxford. Professor Vermes is the author of The Complete Dead Sea Scrolls in English (1997), The Changing Faces of Jesus (2000), The Authentic Gospel of Jesus (2003) and The Passion (2005). He lives near Oxford.

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This fine work will be highly appealing to readers interested in the history of the Bible or the early church, but will be less appealing to others--despite Patrick Lawlors clear and focused delivery. Lawlor handles both the authors prose style and the works many foreign names and terms smoothly. The difficulty comes from the structure of the presentation. As a reference that recounts the biographies of key figures surrounding the life of Jesus--in alphabetical order--this book is fascinating, but overwhelming. It is impossible to select the figure whose life one hears, and the very cross-referencing that would make it useful for reference makes it repetitive for listening. G.T.B. © AudioFile 2007, Portland, Maine-- Copyright © AudioFile, Portland, Maine

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