Jesus and Archaeology

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James H. Charlesworth
Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing, Jul 28, 2006 - Religion - 740 pages
Archaeology still has many things to reveal about the life and world of Jesus of Nazareth. To touch a two-thousand-year-old pot held by a Jew who lived in a small village frequented by Jesus can bring us closer to understanding those who were touched by Jesus.

Jesus and Archaeology contains the revised and edited lectures that leading archaeologists and biblical scholars presented at a gathering in Jerusalem to celebrate the new millennium. Many contributors came directly from their excavations in places like Bethsaida, Capernaum, Nazareth, and Jerusalem to share their discoveries and insights, focusing on the question In what ways do new archaeological discoveries clarify the world, life, and thought of Jesus from Nazareth? Readers of Jesus and Archaeology will gain many new insights into the life and times of this fascinating Galilean J ew.

Contributors:

Paul N. Anderson
Rami Arav
Dan Bahat
Richard A. Batey
Avraham Biran
Brian J. Capper
James H. Charlesworth
Bruce Chilton
James D. G. Dunn
J. K. Elliott
Esther Eshel
Craig A. Evans
Sean Freyne
Yizhar Hirschfeld
William Klassen
John S. Kloppenborg
Achim Lichtenberger
Frédéric Manns
John Painter
Michele Piccirillo, O.F.M.
Bargil Pixner, O.S.B.
Emile Puech
John Reumann
Peter Richardson
Henry W. M. Rietz
Daniel R. Schwartz
Benedict Thomas Viviano, O.P.
Urban C. von Wahlde
John W. Welch
Jürgen Zangenberg
Joseph E. Zias
 

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Contents

What Is Biblical Archaeology?
xxv
Studies in Archaeology
7
A New Perspective
9
Archaeology and the Historical Jesus
62
Recovering Jesus Mamzerut
82
Did Antipas Build the Sepphoris Theater?
109
Khirbet Qana and Other Villages as a Context for Jesus
118
Bethsaida
143
Property versus Poverty in Judea before 70
382
Samaria in the Time of Jesus
391
The Sanctuaries of the Baptism on the East Bank of the Jordan River
431
Confusion Laid to Rest?
442
Essene Community Houses and Jesus Early Community
470
A Message on a Drinking Vessel of the Second Temple Period
501
Archaeology and Theology
519
Archaeology and Johns Gospel
521

Mount Tabor
165
Jesus the Exorcist in Light of Epigraphic Sources
176
Reflections on Jesus Eschatology in Light of Qumran
184
Did Jesus Attend the Synagogue?
204
The Case of Beth Alfa
221
The Theodotos Synagogue Inscription and the Problem of FirstCentury Synagogue Buildings
234
Jesus and the Theater in Jerusalem
281
Jesus and the Herodian Temple Mount
298
Mount Zion Jesus and Archaeology
307
Assessing the Literary and Archaeological Evidence
321
Stone House Birah and Antonia during the Time of Jesus
339
Miracles Maleficium and Maiestas in the Trial of Jesus
347
Implications for Investigations of Jesus and Archaeology
585
Bultmann Archaeology and the Historical Jesus
617
Jesus and Resurrection Faith in Light of Jewish Texts
637
Archaeology and Early Christology
658
The Christian Apocrypha and Archaeology
681
The Historical Jesus and Biblical Archaeology Reflections on New Methodologies and Perspectives
690
Glossary
694
Selected Bibliography
700
INDEX OF SCRIPTURE AND OTHER ANCIENT TEXTS
705
GEOGRAPHICAL INDEX
728
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About the author (2006)

James H. Charlesworth is George L. Collord Professor of New Testament Language and Literature and Director and Editor of the Dead Sea Scrolls Project at Princeton Theological Seminary.

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