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Jesus: A Brief History (Blackwell Brief Histories of Religion)by W. Barnes Tatum
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Jesus: A Brief History reveals how Jesus and his story have been received over the past two millennia – through art, literature, and culture, as well as theology. It shows how Jesus, a Galilean Jew, born when the ancient Roman Empire ruled the Mediterranean world, has come to be honored as the Christ and recognized around the globe by billions at the outset of the twenty-first century. Two questions about Jesus which recur throughout the book are: Who was he? and What did he do? But this engaging study also shows the importance of asking Whose was he? in fully understanding Jesus’ life and legacy.
In tracing the reception history of Jesus and his story over two thousand years, W. Barnes Tatum draws on a fascinating range of materials, from ancient texts, creeds, and theological treatises, to the visual and dramatic arts, including The DaVinci Code and The Passion of the Christ.
Book News Annotation:
Written for students in theology and religion, this volume focuses on how the influence and legacy of Jesus Christ has evolved over the last 2000 years and questions who he really was and what he really did. Tatum (religion and philosophy, Greensboro College) uses ancient texts, creeds, theological treatises and representations in the visual and dramatic arts to trace the evolution of Jesus from historical records during his lifetime to 21st century accounts in the media such as The Passion of the Christ and The Da Vinci Code. A concluding chapter discusses Jesus' role in the development of world religions such as Judaism, Islam and various Eastern philosophies. Annotation ©2009 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Drawing on examples from literature, art, and popular culture, as well as theology, this engaging book reveals the importance of the question, "whose was he?" in fully understanding the life and legacy of Jesus.
About the Author
W. Barnes Tatum is Jefferson-Pilot Professor of Religion and Philosophy at Greensboro College. He is the author of two books on Jesus: Jesus at the Movies: A Guide to the First Hundred Years (2004) and In Quest of Jesus (1999), along with numerous articles. He is a long-standing member of the Jesus Seminar and is the author of John the Baptist and Jesus: A Report of the Jesus Seminar (1994).
Table of Contents
Prologue: Jesus, a Jew from Galilee.
1: Jesus and Christian Beginnings (1st Century to 4th Century).
2: Jesus and the Triumph of Christian Orthodoxy (4th and 5th Centuries).
3: Jesus and Medieval Christian Orthodoxy (From 5th through 15th Centuries).
4: Jesus and Challenges to Christian Orthodoxy (Since 15th Century).
5: Jesus and the Historical Quest (Since 18th Century).
6: Jesus and Christological Diversity (Since 18th Century).
7: Jesus and the World Religions (Since 1st Century).
Epilogue: Jesus, a Global Christ.
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