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Early Classical Authors on Jesus

  • By Chris Keith, Helen K. Bond, Margaret H. Williams
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Margaret H. Williams examines how classical writers saw and portrayed Jesus, engaging with the fact that as the originator of a new (and still existing) world religion, Jesus of Nazareth, otherwise known as Christus (Christ), is an individual of indisputable historical significance.

Williams shows how from the outset Jesus was a controversial figure. Contemporary Jews in the Roman province of Judaea tended either to adore or to abhor him. When indue course his fame spread throughout the wider Roman empire, reactions to him there among both Jews and non-Jews were no less divergent. Each of the early classical writers who makes mention of him, the historian Tacitus, the biographer Suetonius, the epistolographer Pliny and the satirist Lucian, takes a different view of him and presents him in a different way. Williams considers these different depictions and questions why these writers had such differing views of Jesus. To answer this question Williams examines not only to the different literary conventions by which each of these writers was bound but also to the social, cultural and religious contexts in which they operated.

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    • SKU: 9780567708656
    • Manufacturer: T & T Clark Us
    • ISBN 13: 9780567708656
    • Publication Date: 06/27/2024
    • Format: Paperback
    • Author: Helen K. Bond
    • Author: Chris Keith
    • Author: Margaret H. Williams

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