A Marginal Jew: Rethinking the Historical Jesus, Volume 4: by John P. Meier

By John P. Meier

John Meier’s prior volumes within the acclaimed sequence A Marginal Jew are based upon the proposal that whereas good ancient information regarding Jesus is kind of restricted, humans of other faiths can however arrive at a consensus on primary historic proof of his existence. during this eagerly expected fourth quantity within the sequence, Meier techniques a clean topic—the teachings of the ancient Jesus relating Mosaic legislations and morality—with an analogous rigor, thoroughness, accuracy, and insightfulness on exhibit in his prior works.

 

After correcting misconceptions approximately Mosaic legislation in Jesus’ time, this quantity addresses the lessons of Jesus on significant felony themes like divorce, oaths, the Sabbath, purity principles, and a number of the love commandments within the Gospels. What emerges from Meier’s examine is a profile of a classy first-century Palestinian Jew who, faraway from trying to abolish the legislations, was once deeply engaged in debates approximately its observance. simply by means of embracing this portrait of the old Jesus grappling with questions of the Torah can we keep away from the typical mistake of creating Christian ethical theology less than the guise of learning “Jesus and the Law,” the writer concludes.

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