In the continuing quest for the elusive but compelling figure of
Jesus of Nazareth, Gerd Theissen and Annette Merz's
authoritative yet engaging book is the single most helpful
resource to date.
Comprehensively detailing the sources for our knowledge of
Jesus, Theissen and Merz fully explore the historical and social
context of Jesus and his activity. They then unfold what we can
know about Jesus' characteristics as a charismatic teacher, a
Jewish prophet, a healer, a teller of parables, and an ethical
teacher. Finally, they examine closely the historical questions
surrounding Jesus' last supper, his violent death, the accounts
of Easter, and the beginnings of Christology.
Beholden to neither ancient dogma nor contemporary fantasy,
written in a clear style with a variety of learning aids, The
Historical Jesus will provide students, teachers, and other
individuals with a fascinating and reliable guide into this most
exciting field of Jesus research.