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Jesus the Jew: A Historian's Reading of the Gospels

Jesus the Jew

A Historian's Reading of the Gospels

Geza Vermes (Author)


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This now classic book is a significant corrective to several recent developments in the study of the historical Jesus. In contrast to depictions of Jesus as a wandering Cynic teacher, Geza Vermes offers a portrait based on evidence of charismatic activity in first-century Galilee. Vermes shows how the major New Testament titles of Jesus—prophet, Lord, Messiah, son of man, Son of God—can be understood in this historical context. The result is a description of Jesus that retains its power and its credibility.

  • Publisher Fortress Press
  • Format Paperback
  • ISBN 9780800614430
  • Dimensions 8.5 x 5.5
  • Pages 288
  • Publication Date April 1, 1981


"An important step forward in New Testament study."
--Times Literary Supplement

"A valuable contribution to scholarship…. [Vermes] has exercised his known profound scholarship, urbanity, and originality. The result demands and deserves careful reading."
--Journal of Theological Studies