Per Boek Wijzer Auteur: John. P. Meier
Rethinking the historical Jezus
Companions and Competitors is the third vol-ume of John Meier's monumental series, A Marginal Jew: Rethinking the Historical Jesus. A detailed and critical treatment of all the main ques-tions surrounding the historical Jesus, A Marginal Jew serves as a healthy antidote to the many superficial and trendy treatments of Jesus that have flooded the market. Volume I laid out the method to be used in pursu-ing a critical quest for the historical Jesus and sketched his cultural, political, and familial back-ground. Volume 1 focused on John the Baptist; Jesus' message of the kingdom of God: and his startling deeds, believed by himself and his followers to be miracles. Volume ill widens the spotlight from Jesus himself to the various groups around him, including his followers (the crowds, disciples, the circle of the Twelve) and his competitors (the Pharisees, the Sad-ducees, the Essenes and Qumranites, the Samaritans, the scribes, the Herodians, and the Zealots). In the process, important insights into how Jesus contoured his ministry emerge. Contrary to the pop-ular idea that he was some egalitarian Cynic philoso-pher with no concern for structures, Jesus clearly provided his movement with shape and structure. His followers roughly comprised three concentric circles. In the outer circle were the curious crowds who came and went. In the middle circle were the disciples
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