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Bandits, Prophets, and Messiahs: Popular Movements in the Time of Jesus
Richard A. Horsley with John S. Hanson
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This book represents a brilliant portrait of Jewish culture in the first century and contains a fresh evaluation of Jesus' relation to this complex society. Horsley rediscovers the "common people" (Jewish peasantry) in the time of Jesus - the masses led by bandit forces, apocalyptic prophets, and messianic leaders - and provides new insights into their significance.
The Trinity Press edition of this popular book includes a new preface by the author, responding to the reviews of earlier, editions and setting forth the continuing value of the book for reconstructing the social history background of the New Testament.
"Important and ground-breaking . . . . A major contribution to our understanding of the first-century Jewish social world."
—Journal of Biblical Literature
"Social history at its best . . . . Important material for understanding the Gospels' confession of Jesus as the Messiah."
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About the Author
Richard A. Horlsey is Professor of Classics and Religion at the University of Massachusetts, Boston. He is author of Galilee: History, Politics, People; Archaeology, History, and Society in Galilee: The Social Context of Jesus and the Rabbis; and editor of Paul and Empire: Religion and Power in Roman Imperial Society, all published by Trinity Press.
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