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The Roots of the Problem and the Person
A Marginal Jew: Rethinking the Historical Jesus, Volume 1

John P. Meier

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Format: Hardcover , 484pp.
ISBN: 9780300140187
Publisher: Yale University Press
Pub. Date: November 1991

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In this definitive book on the real, historical Jesus, one of our foremost biblical scholars meticulously sifts the evidence of 2,000 years to portray neither a rural magician nor a figure of obvious power, but a marginal Jew.

Books in the A Marginal Jew Series:

A Marginal Jew Volume 1 – The Roots of the Problem and the Person
A Marginal Jew Volume 2 – Mentor, Message, and Miracles
A Marginal Jew Volume 3 – Companions and Competitors


"Future scholars are certain to judge John Meier's book as one of the foremost studies ever written on the historical Jesus...A brilliant accomplishment!"
—Jack Dean Kingsbury, Editor, Interpretation, Union Theological Seminary in Virginia

"This book is a wonderful example of judicious historical scholarships. It should be required reading for all historians, pastors and theology students."
—Pheme Perkins, Boston College

"Honest, refreshing, critical, readable. Other books on this most written-about and least verified topic combine some of these qualities: this one, controversial as its conclusion may be, has them all."
—Louis H. Feldman, Yeshiva University


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John P. Meier, a Catholic priest, is a professor of the New Testament at the University of Notre Dame in Indiana. He has been both president of the Catholic Biblical Association and the general editor of the Catholic Biblical Quarterly. He lives in South Bend, Indiana.

Table of Contents

Part 1Roots of the Problem
1Basic Concepts: The Real Jesus and the Historical Jesus
2Sources: The Canonical Books of the New Testament
3Sources: Josephus
4Sources: Other Pagan and Jewish Writings
5Sources: The Agrapha and the Apocryphal Gospels
6Criteria: How Do We Decide What Comes from Jesus?
7Conclusion to Part One: Why Bother?
Part 2Roots of the Person
8In the Beginning... The Origins of the Jesus of Nazareth
9In the Interim... Part I: Language, Education, and Socioeconomic Status
10In the Interim... Part II: Family, Marital Status, and Status as a Layman
11"In the Fifteenth Year"... A Chronology of Jesus' Life
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