Jesus of Nazareth
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Dale Allison's clearly written Jesus of Nazareth will enable people who have followed recent discussions to vindicate and reclaim the central religious significance of the historical Jesus. Allison makes a creative contribution to Jesus studies in several ways:
Always evenhanded and fair, Allison's new work is nonetheless penetrating, acute, and provocative.
"At last a book on Jesus that lets him be a Jew of antiquity, however politically incorrect he may seem to modern eyes. Allison's book is like a breath of fresh air in the current Jesus debate. The updated defense of
Schweitzer's apocalyptic prophet is entirely convincing."
John J. Collins, University of Chicago
"Finally, a book that trumpets the return of the apocalyptic Jesus! Allison mounts a powerful counterattack against those who have spurned the view ... that Jesus expected an imminent transformation in history as we know it.... Allison has produced a persuasive argument that will not be easily overturned and must not be ignored."
Bart D. Ehrman, University of North Carolina
"This wonderfully incisive contribution to the current Jesus debate carries its scholarship gracefully and lightly. Much more than just a put-down of portrayals of Jesus as a sapiential teacher, it is a full-scale presentation of Jesus as a millenarian prophet with an ascetic caste.... Original, vastly readable, and powerfully persuasive, it is not to be missed."
John K. Riches, University of Glasgow, Scotland