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The Birth of Christianity (Paperback, 1st ed): John Dominic Crossan The Birth of Christianity (Paperback, 1st ed)
John Dominic Crossan
R523 Discovery Miles 5 230 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 Power of Parable - How Fiction By Jesus Became Fiction About Jesus (Paperback): John Dominic Crossan The Power of Parable - How Fiction By Jesus Became Fiction About Jesus (Paperback)
John Dominic Crossan
R348 Discovery Miles 3 480 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

Controversial new book by an internationally respected expert on Jesus and his time. Argues that Jesus' parables became the inspiration and model for the way he is presented in the Gospels.

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
R316 Discovery Miles 3 160 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

Every Sunday, the Lord's Prayer echoes in every Church around the world. It is an indispensable element of the faith. It is the way Jesus taught his followers to pray, and encapsulates the essential beliefs and attitudes to which all Christians aspire. Here, John Dominic Crossan, one of the world's leading experts on Jesus and his times, explores this foundational prayer line by line. This is quintessential Crossan, providing just the right amount of historical detail and literary insight to enhance our understanding, and drawing out the enduring richness and relevance of Jesus' words for today.

Jesus and the Violence of Scripture (Paperback): John Dominic Crossan Jesus and the Violence of Scripture (Paperback)
John Dominic Crossan
R350 R293 Discovery Miles 2 930 Save R57 (16%) Ships in 10 - 20 working days

Which is the true Messiah - the peace-loving preacher of the Sermon on the Mount, or the sword-wielding warrior of the book of Revelation? And how can both be in the same Bible? In what is perhaps his most provocative book yet, John Dominic Crossan investigates two conflicting visions of God to be found in the Bible: one that offers unconditional love and grace to all humanity; the other working to domesticate that radical vision by threatening punishment and retribution, and by propping up the status quo. People often assume that the second vision applies to the God of the Old Testament, while the first was revealed later, in the teaching and example of Jesus. But, as Crossan shows, the same contradiction appears in the Gospels and other writings of the New Testament. One thing is clear, argues Crossan: if you want to discover the Bible's best and purest revelation of God, then you must measure the Bible by Jesus. And to find the best and purest revelation of Jesus, he concludes, you must learn how to distinguish the words and actions of the original, historical Jesus from the teachings of those who came after him, but who did not fully understand his radical message. Only then will you understand how to read the Bible and still be a Christian.

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
R296 R253 Discovery Miles 2 530 Save R43 (15%) 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
R351 R297 Discovery Miles 2 970 Save R54 (15%) 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.

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
R326 R274 Discovery Miles 2 740 Save R52 (16%) 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.

The Historical Jesus (Paperback, 1st HarperCollins Paperback Ed): John Dominic Crossan The Historical Jesus (Paperback, 1st HarperCollins Paperback Ed)
John Dominic Crossan
R477 R417 Discovery Miles 4 170 Save R60 (13%) 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.

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, …
R539 Discovery Miles 5 390 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.

Jesus - A Revolutionary Biography (Paperback): John Dominic Crossan Jesus - A Revolutionary Biography (Paperback)
John Dominic Crossan
R331 R280 Discovery Miles 2 800 Save R51 (15%) Ships in 7 - 11 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
R269 R225 Discovery Miles 2 250 Save R44 (16%) Ships in 10 - 20 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 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
R473 Discovery Miles 4 730 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.

The Once and Future Jesus - The Future of Jesus, the Church of the Future, the Future of the Faith (Paperback): Robert W Funk,... The Once and Future Jesus - The Future of Jesus, the Church of the Future, the Future of the Faith (Paperback)
Robert W Funk, Marcus Borg, John Shelby Spong, Karen L. King, John Dominic Crossan, …
R527 Discovery Miles 5 270 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

The Once and Future Jesus Conference took the quest of the historical Jesus to a new level. At this unprecedented gathering, leading thinkers turned their attention from the past to the future and asked: What do new understandings of Jesus mean for the church, the faith, and the world of tomorrow? Their answers can be found in the pages of this book.

Dark Interval - Towards a Theology of Story (Paperback): John Dominic Crossan Dark Interval - Towards a Theology of Story (Paperback)
John Dominic Crossan
R457 Discovery Miles 4 570 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

From myth to parable, Crossan identifies five types of stories. Among these types it is parable that subverts the world and undercuts the safe shelter we build. Using literary theory, philosophy, theology and biblical studies, he demonstrates the subversive power of the parable.

How To Read The Bible And Still Be A Christian - Struggling With Divine Violence From Genesis Through Revelation (Paperback):... How To Read The Bible And Still Be A Christian - Struggling With Divine Violence From Genesis Through Revelation (Paperback)
John Dominic Crossan
R311 Discovery Miles 3 110 Ships in 12 - 17 working days
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
R992 R778 Discovery Miles 7 780 Save R214 (22%) Ships in 12 - 17 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

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
R518 Discovery Miles 5 180 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.

A Long Way from Tipperary (Hardcover): John Dominic Crossan A Long Way from Tipperary (Hardcover)
John Dominic Crossan
R948 R758 Discovery Miles 7 580 Save R190 (20%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days
A Long Way from Tipperary (Paperback): John Dominic Crossan A Long Way from Tipperary (Paperback)
John Dominic Crossan
R551 R458 Discovery Miles 4 580 Save R93 (17%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days
The Essential Jesus (Paperback): John Dominic Crossan The Essential Jesus (Paperback)
John Dominic Crossan
R454 R384 Discovery Miles 3 840 Save R70 (15%) 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.

Finding Is the First ACT (Paperback): John Dominic Crossan Finding Is the First ACT (Paperback)
John Dominic Crossan
R386 R325 Discovery Miles 3 250 Save R61 (16%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days
In Fragments (Paperback): John Dominic Crossan In Fragments (Paperback)
John Dominic Crossan
R938 R754 Discovery Miles 7 540 Save R184 (20%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Cliffs of Fall (Paperback): John Dominic Crossan Cliffs of Fall (Paperback)
John Dominic Crossan
R400 R335 Discovery Miles 3 350 Save R65 (16%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days
The Cross That Spoke (Paperback): John Dominic Crossan The Cross That Spoke (Paperback)
John Dominic Crossan
R1,060 R847 Discovery Miles 8 470 Save R213 (20%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Four Other Gospels (Paperback): John Dominic Crossan Four Other Gospels (Paperback)
John Dominic Crossan
R509 R424 Discovery Miles 4 240 Save R85 (17%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days
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