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The Birth of Christianity (Paperback, 1st ed): John Dominic Crossan The Birth of Christianity (Paperback, 1st ed)
John Dominic Crossan
R552 R511 Discovery Miles 5 110 Save R41 (7%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

In this national bestseller, John Dominic Crossan, the world's leading expert on the historical Jesus, reveals how Christianity emerged in the period following Jesus' death. Taking an interdisciplinary approach, Crossan shines new light on the theological and cultural contexts from which the Christian church arose. He argues powerfully that Christianity would have happened with or without Paul and contends that Jesus' "resurrection" meant something vastly different for his early followers than it does for many traditional Christians today--what mattered was Christina origins finally illuminates the mysterious period that set Western religious history in its decisive course.

The Historical Jesus (Paperback, 1st HarperCollins Paperback Ed): John Dominic Crossan The Historical Jesus (Paperback, 1st HarperCollins Paperback Ed)
John Dominic Crossan
R494 R407 Discovery Miles 4 070 Save R87 (18%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

"He comes as yet unknown into a hamlet of Lower Galilee. He is watched by the cold, hard eyes of peasants living long enough at a subsistence level to know exactly where the line is drawn between poverty and destitution. He looks like a beggar yet his eyes lack the proper cringe, his voice the proper whine, his walk the proper shuffle. He speaks about the rule of God and they listen as much from curiosity as anything else. They know all about rule and power, about kingdom and empire, but they know it in terms of tax and debt, malnutrition and sickness, agrarian oppression and demonic possession. What, they really want to know, can this kingdom of God do for a lame child, a blind parent, a demented soul screaming its tortured isolation among the graves that mark the edges of the village?"
-- from "The Gospel of Jesus," overture to The Historical Jesus

The Historical Jesus reveals the true Jesus--who he was, what he did, what he said. It opens with "The Gospel of Jesus," Crossan's studied determination of Jesus' actual words and actions stripped of any subsequent additions and placed in a capsule account of his life story. The Jesus who emerges is a savvy and courageous Jewish Mediterranean peasant, a radical social revolutionary, with a rhapsodic vision of economic, political, and religious egalitarianism and a social program for creating it.

The conventional wisdom of critical historical scholarship has long held that too little is known about the historical Jesus to say definitively much more than that he lived and had a tremendous impact on his followers. "There were always historians who said it could not be done because of historical problems," writes Crossan. "There were always theologians who said it should not be done because of theological objections. And there were always scholars who said the former when they meant the latter.'

With this ground-breaking work, John Dominic Crossan emphatically sweeps these notions aside. He demonstrates that Jesus is actually one of the best documented figures in ancient history; the challenge is the complexity of the sources. The vivid portrayal of Jesus that emerges from Crossan's unique methodology combines the complementary disciplines of social anthropology, Greco-Roman history, and the literary analysis of specific pronouncements anecdotes, confessions and interpretations involving Jesus. All three levels cooperate equally and fully in an effective synthesis that provides the most definitive presentation of the historical Jesus yet attained.

Jesus and the Violence of Scripture - How to Read the Bible and Still be a Christian (Paperback): John Dominic Crossan Jesus and the Violence of Scripture - How to Read the Bible and Still be a Christian (Paperback)
John Dominic Crossan
R371 R295 Discovery Miles 2 950 Save R76 (20%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

A world-renowned scholar explores and explains the two views of God in the Bible - the violent God of vengeance and retribution, and the non-violent God who became incarnate in Jesus. Argues that there are sharply conflicting images of God in the Bible and that for Christians the true God can only be the one revealed through the words and actions of the historical Jesus. A combination of world-class scholarship and elegant prose make this book highly appealing both to Christians and to the educated general reader. This brave and provocative book grapples with Scripture's two conflicting visions of Jesus and God - one loving and gracious, and the other punitive and vengeful - and explains how readers can better understand these images in a way that enriches their faith. Many portions of the New Testament introduce a compassionate Jesus who turns the other cheek, loves his enemies, and shows grace to all. But the Jesus we find in Revelation and some portions of the Gospels leads an army of angels bent on earthly destruction. Which is the true revelation of the Messiah - and how can both be in the same Bible? Jesus and the Violence of Scripture explores this question and offers guidance for all who are confused about which version of the Lord to worship. In doing so the author demonstrates that writers of different books of the Bible not only possessed different visions of God but also different purposes for writing, and that for Christians the only God worthy of our worship is the one revealed through the words and action of the historical Jesus.

The First Paul - Reclaiming the Radical Visionary Behind the Church's Conservative Icon (Paperback): Marcus J. Borg, John... The First Paul - Reclaiming the Radical Visionary Behind the Church's Conservative Icon (Paperback)
Marcus J. Borg, John Dominic Crossan
R313 R251 Discovery Miles 2 510 Save R62 (20%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Using the best of biblical and historical scholarship, this title presents a fresh understanding of early Christianity.

The Greatest Prayer - Rediscovering the Revolutionary Message of the Lord's Prayer (Paperback): John Dominic Crossan The Greatest Prayer - Rediscovering the Revolutionary Message of the Lord's Prayer (Paperback)
John Dominic Crossan
R343 R276 Discovery Miles 2 760 Save R67 (20%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Every Sunday, the Lord's Prayer echoes in churches around the world.

It is an indisputable principle of Christian faith. It is the way Jesus taught his followers to pray and distills the most essential beliefs required of every one of the world's 2.5 billion Christians. In "The Greatest Prayer," our foremost Jesus scholar explores this foundational prayer line by line for the richest and fullest understanding of a prayer every Christian knows by heart.

An expert on the historical Jesus, Crossan provides just the right amount of history, scholarship, and detail for us to rediscover why this seemingly simple prayer sparked a revolution. Addressing issues of God's will for us and our response, our responsibilities to one another and to the earth, the theology of our daily bread, the moral responsibilities that come with money, our nation-states, and God's kingdom, Crossan reveals the enduring meaning and universal significance of the only prayer Jesus ever taught.

God And Empire - Jesus Against Rome, Then and Now (Paperback): John Dominic Crossan God And Empire - Jesus Against Rome, Then and Now (Paperback)
John Dominic Crossan
R325 R264 Discovery Miles 2 640 Save R61 (19%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

At the heart of the Bible is a moral and ethical call to fight unjust superpowers, whether they are Babylon, Rome, or even America.

From the divine punishment and promise found in Genesis through the revolutionary messages of Jesus and Paul, John Dominic Crossan reveals what the Bible has to say about land and economy, violence and retribution, justice and peace, and, ultimately, redemption. In contrast to the oppressive Roman military occupation of the first century, he examines the meaning of the non-violent Kingdom of God prophesized by Jesus and the equality advocated by Paul to the early Christian churches. Crossan contrasts these messages of peace with the misinterpreted apocalyptic vision from the Book of Revelation, which has been misrepresented by modern right-wing theologians and televangelists to justify U.S. military actions in the Middle East.

In God and Empire Crossan surveys the Bible from Genesis to Apocalypse, or the Book of Revelation, and discovers a hopeful message that cannot be ignored in these turbulent times. The first-century Pax Romana, Crossan points out, was in fact a "peace" won through violent military action. Jesus preached a different kind of peace--a peace that surpasses all understanding--and a kingdom not of Caesar but of God.

The Romans executed Jesus because he preached this Kingdom of God, a kingdom based on peace and justice, over the empire of Rome, which ruled by violence and force. For Jesus and Paul, Crossan explains, peace cannot be won the Roman way, through military victory, but only through justice and fair and equal treatment of all people.

The Last Week - What the Gospels Really Teach about Jesus's Final Days in Jerusalem (Paperback): Marcus J. Borg, John... The Last Week - What the Gospels Really Teach about Jesus's Final Days in Jerusalem (Paperback)
Marcus J. Borg, John Dominic Crossan
R390 R315 Discovery Miles 3 150 Save R75 (19%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Top Jesus scholars Marcus J. Borg and John Dominic Crossan join together to reveal a radical and little-known Jesus. As both authors reacted to and responded to questions about Mel Gibson's blockbuster "The Passion of the Christ," they discovered that many Christians are unclear on the details of events during the week leading up to Jesus's crucifixion.

Using the gospel of Mark as their guide, Borg and Crossan present a day-by-day account of Jesus's final week of life. They begin their story on Palm Sunday with two triumphal entries into Jerusalem. The first entry, that of Roman governor Pontius Pilate leading Roman soldiers into the city, symbolized military strength. The second heralded a new kind of moral hero who was praised by the people as he rode in on a humble donkey. The Jesus introduced by Borg and Crossan is this new moral hero, a more dangerous Jesus than the one enshrined in the church's traditional teachings.

"The Last Week" depicts Jesus giving up his life to protest power without justice and to condemn the rich who lack concern for the poor. In this vein, at the end of the week Jesus marches up Calvary, offering himself as a model for others to do the same when they are confronted by similar issues. Informed, challenged, and inspired, we not only meet the historical Jesus, but meet a new Jesus who engages us and invites us to follow him.

Jesus - A Revolutionary Biography (Paperback): John Dominic Crossan Jesus - A Revolutionary Biography (Paperback)
John Dominic Crossan
R318 R287 Discovery Miles 2 870 Save R31 (10%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

John Dominic Crossan is widely regarded as the leading authority on the words and life of Jesus Christ. His classic national bestseller, Jesus, is a powerful and controversial portrait of a courageous revolutionary, philosopher, and political agitator who challenged the prevailing rules of the social order. Bold, moving, and provocative, a book that will affect every Christian reader deeply and profoundly, Jesus is a remarkable work that presents a very different view of a saviour and king of peace who proclaimed - in thought and action - that all may participate in the rule of God.

The First Christmas - What the Gospels Really Teach Us About Jesus's Birth (Paperback): Marcus J. Borg, John Dominic... The First Christmas - What the Gospels Really Teach Us About Jesus's Birth (Paperback)
Marcus J. Borg, John Dominic Crossan
R229 Discovery Miles 2 290 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

In "The First Christmas", two of today's top Jesus scholars, Marcus J. Borg and John Dominic Crossan, show how history has biased our reading of the nativity story as it appears in the Gospels of Matthew and Luke. "The First Christmas" explores the beginning of the life of Christ, peeling away the sentimentalism that has build up over two thousand years around this most well known of all stories to reveal the truth of what the Gospels actually say.Borg and Crossan help us to see this familiar narrative afresh by answering the question, 'What do these stories mean?' from the perspective of both the first and the twenty-first centuries. They successfully show that the Christmas story, read in its original context, is far richer and more challenging than people imagine.

The Historical Jesus in Context (Paperback): Amy-Jill Levine, Dale C. Allison, John Dominic Crossan The Historical Jesus in Context (Paperback)
Amy-Jill Levine, Dale C. Allison, John Dominic Crossan
R1,051 R810 Discovery Miles 8 100 Save R241 (23%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

"An impressive volume. Levine, Allison, and Crossan have assembled a group of experts who, by generously citing and carefully analyzing primary sources, contextualize Jesus in the Jewish and wider Greco-Roman world of his time. The essays cast a wide net and collect a rich assortment of information for students of the historical Jesus and the Gospels."--James C. Vanderkam, University of Notre Dame, author of "The Dead Sea Scrolls"

"Textbooks are increasingly difficult to find for an introductory class on Jesus of Nazareth. "The Historical Jesus in Context" provides an anthology of important primary texts that are set in context so that they illuminate what Jesus and his world was like. The selections are judicious, the authors prominent, and the potential for students illuminating."--Scot McKnight, author of "The Jesus Creed"

"This is a source book to help all obtain their own conclusions, by emphasizing that Jesus' own message must be grounded in the original historical context. The task is not only imperative but also demanded morally. No other book does this so well. It is amazingly well done and well written."--James Charlesworth, Princeton Theological Seminary

"This is a great collection and would certainly be of interest to scholars and laypersons interested in the quest for the historical Jesus. The selection of scholars is top notch, and the notes and commentary for each source are strong."--Kathleen Corley, University of Wisconsin, Oshkosh

Resurrecting Easter (Hardcover): John Dominic Crossan Resurrecting Easter (Hardcover)
John Dominic Crossan
R984 R746 Discovery Miles 7 460 Save R238 (24%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days
The Birth of Christianity - Discovering What Happened in the Years Immediately After the Execution of Christ (Paperback): John... The Birth of Christianity - Discovering What Happened in the Years Immediately After the Execution of Christ (Paperback)
John Dominic Crossan
R2,505 Discovery Miles 25 050 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

John Dominic Crossan explores the lost years of earliest Christianity, the years immediately following Jesus' execution.
He establishes the contextual setting through a combination of literary, anthropological, historical and archaeological approaches. He challenges the assumptions about the role of Paul and the meaning of resurrection, and forges a new understanding of the birth of the Christian church.

Here is a vivid account of early Christianity's interaction with the world around it, and of the new traditions and communities established as Jesus' companions continued their movement after his death.

In Parables - The Challenge of the Historical Jesus (Paperback, Second Edition): John Dominic Crossan In Parables - The Challenge of the Historical Jesus (Paperback, Second Edition)
John Dominic Crossan
R430 Discovery Miles 4 300 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

With In Parables, John Dominic Crossan boldly attempts to understand the parables from inside their own world. Combining critical, theological, and literary approaches, he sets the reading and study of the parables in an entirely new context.

A Long Way from Tipperary (Paperback): John Dominic Crossan A Long Way from Tipperary (Paperback)
John Dominic Crossan
R617 R486 Discovery Miles 4 860 Save R131 (21%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Four Other Gospels (Paperback): John Dominic Crossan Four Other Gospels (Paperback)
John Dominic Crossan
R570 R452 Discovery Miles 4 520 Save R118 (21%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Cliffs of Fall (Paperback): John Dominic Crossan Cliffs of Fall (Paperback)
John Dominic Crossan
R452 R363 Discovery Miles 3 630 Save R89 (20%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Raid on the Articulate (Paperback): John Dominic Crossan Raid on the Articulate (Paperback)
John Dominic Crossan
R616 R486 Discovery Miles 4 860 Save R130 (21%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Finding Is the First ACT (Paperback): John Dominic Crossan Finding Is the First ACT (Paperback)
John Dominic Crossan
R433 R349 Discovery Miles 3 490 Save R84 (19%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days
In Fragments (Paperback): John Dominic Crossan In Fragments (Paperback)
John Dominic Crossan
R1,050 R803 Discovery Miles 8 030 Save R247 (24%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days
The Essential Jesus (Paperback): John Dominic Crossan The Essential Jesus (Paperback)
John Dominic Crossan
R505 R405 Discovery Miles 4 050 Save R100 (20%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Now in paperback, this is an astonishing presentation of the authentic teachings and earliest images of the revolutionary Galilean sage that delivers a fresh vision of who Jesus really was. Includes 25 photos.

The Cross That Spoke (Paperback): John Dominic Crossan The Cross That Spoke (Paperback)
John Dominic Crossan
R1,187 R903 Discovery Miles 9 030 Save R284 (24%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days
The Resurrection Of Jesus (Paperback): John Dominic Crossan, N. T Wright The Resurrection Of Jesus (Paperback)
John Dominic Crossan, N. T Wright; Edited by Robert B Stewart
R545 Discovery Miles 5 450 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Two of today's most important and popular New Testament scholars--John Dominic Crossan and N.T. Wright--air their very different understandings of the many historical realities and theological meanings of Jesus' Resurrection.

Profiles of Jesus (Paperback): Robert W Funk, Roy W. Hoover, Marcus Borg, Kathleen E Corley, John Dominic Crossan, Arthur J... Profiles of Jesus (Paperback)
Robert W Funk, Roy W. Hoover, Marcus Borg, Kathleen E Corley, John Dominic Crossan, …
R490 Discovery Miles 4 900 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Can the authentic words and deed of Jesus identified by the Jesus Seminar furnish a sufficient basis for a credible profile of the Jesus of history? That is the challenge faced by the contributors to this volume. Their efforts have resulted in a unique collection of studied impressions of Jesus. Here readers will see not Jesus the icon of myth and creed, but a provocative young man of first-century Palestine whose vision and determination to live the vision gave birth to a new form of faith and changed the course of history.

The Apocalyptic Jesus - A Debate (Paperback): Allison Dale, Marcus J. Borg, John Dominic Crossan, Stephen J Patterson, Robert... The Apocalyptic Jesus - A Debate (Paperback)
Allison Dale, Marcus J. Borg, John Dominic Crossan, Stephen J Patterson, Robert J. Miller
R436 Discovery Miles 4 360 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Did the historical Jesus preach that God was about to bring an end to human history and impose the divine kingdom on the earth and all its peoples? Four eminent New Testament scholars -Dale Allison, Marcus Borg, John Dominic Crossan, and Stephen Patterson- come together under the direction of Robert J. Miller to debate this, the single most important question about the historical Jesus. Borg, Crossan, and Patterson argue that Jesus taught that God's kingdom was already here, not that it was coming in the near future. Dale Allison defends the widely-held view that Jesus was an apocalyptic prophet. Everyone's cards are on the table in this candid exchange. The disagreements are sharp and the debate is both pointed and respectful. This book is an eloquent exploration of a pressing issue that strongly affects how we understand the historical Jesus and Christian life today.

Who Is Jesus? - Answers to Your Questions about the Historical Jesus (Paperback): John Dominic Crossan, Richard G Watts Who Is Jesus? - Answers to Your Questions about the Historical Jesus (Paperback)
John Dominic Crossan, Richard G Watts
R563 R445 Discovery Miles 4 450 Save R118 (21%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

This fascinating book makes the results of a lifetime of scholarship readily available to nonspecialists who want to meet the historical Jesus. Eminent biblical scholar John Dominic Crossan collaborates with pastor Richard G. Watts to rediscover the life, the work, and the message of the Man from Galilee.

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