- Hardcover: 176 pages
- Publisher: WJK BOOKS (Feb. 1 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0664239056
- ISBN-13: 978-0664239053
- Product Dimensions: 15.9 x 2.5 x 23.5 cm
- Shipping Weight: 440 g
- Average Customer Review: 1 customer review
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #512,135 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
From Jesus to the Church Hardcover – Feb 1 2014
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About the Author
Craig A. Evans is Payzant Distinguished Professor of New Testament at Acadia Divinity College, Acadia University, in Wolfville, Nova Scotia, Canada. The author or editor of more than 50 books and hundreds of articles, Evans is a regular guest on many national media outlets, including NBC, The History Channel, The Discovery Channel, and the BBC. He is an internationally distinguished authority and lecturer on the historical Jesus. For more information, visit craigaevans.com.
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Evans weaves the life of Jesus with the family of Annas, the family who held power as high priests over Israel during the time of Jesus. Evans' thought that much of what has happened to Jesus, his suffering, death, and what happened afterward, is an attempt of the family of Annas to hold power for themselves, is an insight that was new to me.
The book is an easy read, and balances scholarship and faith in the Bible as the quote below attest to:
"As result of the tumultuous events of the first and second centuries, a church emerged that stood outside and over against Israel. This is not what Jesus envisioned. But his does not mean that Jesus did not foresee or attempt to found a church, a community of disciples who embraced his teaching and proclaimed it to others. The problem is not Jesus’ ‘founding and settling in motion an organized society intended to endure for ages to come,’ as Geza Vermes has recently described it. After all, Jesus averred that the very gates of hell will not prevail against his qahal, his assembly, his church (Matt. 16:18). The qahal of Jesus, his ekklesia, would endure, but the corrupt and violent aristocratic priesthood would not.” (Location 2241 – kindle). Recommendation: It is a book worth reading to understand some of the nuances of the founding of the New Testament church.
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Well footnoted with primary sources, this book is surprisingly readable, suitable for the average interested person, with lots of helpful graphics along the way. (but a shame the many photos were not colour!). What surprised me most was that he makes a habit of pointing out the obvious within the gospel texts, and putting all of these together alongside outside sources strengthen his arguments. There are a couple of places where Evans stretches his assumptions, (he notes this too) but these are still much more feasible than most literature published in the last 200 years on the Gospels. Anyone wanting research ideas for New Testament studies would benefit from reading this book as there are so many rabbit trails that could be followed!