An enlightening journey through the ancient world from "the greatest Jesus scholar of his generation" (The Sunday Telegraph)
Though the New Testament gospels are some of the most extraordinary documents ever written, the picture they provide of Jesus's world is a very partial one. This remarkable work paints a comprehensive and colorful picture of the world that Jesus knew. From detailed, convincing portraits of John the Baptist, Pontius Pilate, Herod, Jesus himself, and other key figures, to the Jewish and Hellenistic leaders often ignored in scripture, Who's Who in the Age of Jesus is a critical, in-depth look at one of the most tumultuous eras in human history.
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Geza Vermes’s pioneering work on the Dead Sea Scrolls and the historical Jesus led to his appointment as the first professor of Jewish studies at Oxford University, where he is now professor emeritus. He is the author of several books, including The Authentic Gospel of Jesus.From AudioFile:
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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