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A Marginal Jew: Rethinking the Historical Jesus, Volume 3
John P. Meier
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In Volume III of A Marginal Jew Meier widens the spotlight from Jesus himself to encompass both his followers and such rival groups as the Pharisees and the Zealots. He shows that contrary to the popular image of Jesus as an egalitarian leader indifferent to structure, Jesus shaped His ministry with great care and consciously competed against rival religious and political movements.
Focusing on the Jewish nature of Jesus, Meier provides an important corrective to recent portraits that present Jesus in the sometimes dubious setting of Greco-Roman culture and clarifies Jesus' vision of preserving the identity of Israel and fulfilling its destiny. Like the previous books in the series, it will spark much discussion among scholars and general readers alike.
Books in the A Marginal Jew Series:
A Marginal Jew Volume 1 The Roots of the Problem and the Person
A Marginal Jew Volume 2 Mentor, Message, and Miracles
A Marginal Jew Volume 3 Companions and Competitors
Meier, a Roman Catholic priest and professor of New Testament at University of Notre Dame, as well as president of the Catholic Biblical Association and general editor of the Catholic Biblical Quarterly, here provides the third of a projected four-volume scholarly investigation of the historical Jesus and the context in which he taught and died. The current volume continues the rigorous historian's approach of the preceding volumes, which investigated Jesus' background and early years and the statements and deeds of his public ministry. In this volume, Meier focuses on those around Jesus: the crowds, the disciples, the 12, his Jewish competitors, the Pharisees, the Sadducees, the Essenes, the Samaritans, the Scribes, the Herodians, and the Zealots. This volume concludes with an integrative chapter focusing on how Jesus' Elijah-like prophetic ministry and the identity he created for his movement set him apart from those around him. Meier also prepares for his final volume, which will focus on Jesus' enigmatic teaching on the law, his riddle-speech in parable and self-definition, and his enigmatic death. Meier's scholarship is detailed and thorough, supported by substantive footnotes that allow the text to read easily. Both a reference volume and a book for leisurely reading, this is essential for academic, theological, and large public libraries.
Carolyn M. Craft, Longwood Coll., Farmville, VA
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About the Author
John P. Meier, a Catholic priest, is a professor of the New Testament at the University of Notre Dame in Indiana. He has been both president of the Catholic Biblical Association and the general editor of the Catholic Biblical Quarterly. He lives in South Bend, Indiana.
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