The Earliest Christian Tradition and Its Interpreters
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Paperback / softback
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Number of Pages: 416
Jesus remains a popular figure in contemporary culture and Allison remains one of our best interpreters. He speaks around the U.S.A. in a variety of venues on matters related to the study of the Historical Jesus. In his new book, he focuses on the historical Jesus and eschatology, concluding that the Jesus was not a Hellenistic wonder worker or teacher of pious morality but an apocalyptic prophet. In the opening chapter Allison astutely and engagingly captures the history of the search for the historical Jesus. He observes that many contemporary readings of Jesus shift the focus away from traditional theological, Christological, and eschatological concerns. In provocative fashion, he takes on not only the Jesus Seminar but also other Jesus interpreters such as N.T. Wright and Marcus Borg.
'...a truly amazing tour de force.' 'Allison is a fair and judicious scholar, who is prepared to interact as much with evangelical scholarship as with more liberal-minded critics and will not dismiss anything out of hand without a thorough examination. This is a scholar's book, but will bring great rewards to those who persevere in reading it.' --Sanford Lakoff