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Bringing together a broad range of ancient Christian, Jewish, pagan, and Coptic texts, this landmark collection sheds important light on the historical Jesus and places the narratives in their literary, social, and archaeological context. Twenty-five prominent experts offer new translations and the latest research. 424 pages, softcover. Princeton University.
The translated materials--from Christian, Coptic, and Jewish as well as Greek, Roman, and Egyptian texts--extend beyond single phrases to encompass the full context, thus allowing readers to locate Jesus in a broader cultural setting than is usually made available. This book demonstrates that only by knowing the world in which Jesus lived and taught can we fully understand him, his message, and the spread of the Gospel.
Gathering in one place material that was previously available only in disparate sources, this formidable book provides innovative insight into matters no less grand than first-century Jewish and Gentile life, the composition of the Gospels, and Jesus himself.
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