In this companion volume to
Authenticating the Words of Jesus, the authors examine the important issue of the original setting and context in which the words of Jesus were spoken. They proceed on the assumption that authenticating the activities of Jesus is just as important as authenticating his words. A historical framework, made up of several fairly certain facts, must be clarified and used as a primary criterion for determining which sayings and episodes ought to be considered the stronger candidates of authentic tradition and how they should be interpreted. Many of Jesus’ sayings cohere with historical elements and oftentimes either explain them or are explained by them. A complete study of the words of Jesus must also include a study of the activities of Jesus.
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Bruce D. Chilton, Ph.D. (1976) in Biblical Studies, Cambridge University, is Professor of Hebrew Bible and New Testament at Bard College, New York. He has published numerous books and scholarly articles on Jesus and Judaism.
Craig A. Evans, Ph.D. (1983) in Biblical Studies, Claremont Graduate School, is Professor of Biblical Studies and Director of the Graduate Program at Trinity Western University and Senior Research Fellow at Roehampton Institute London. He is the author of numerous books.
All those interested in Jesus research, early Christianity, early Judaism, and Israel in the first century.