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Seller: ancientgifts (4,181) 99.3%, Location: Lummi Island, Washington, Ships to: Worldwide, Item: 122211669849 Click here to see 1,000 archaeology/ancient history books and 2,000 ancient artifacts, antique gemstones, antique jewelry! Jesus by Michael Grant. DESCRIPTION: Hardcover: 261 pages. Publisher: Rigel; (2004). What was the true Jesus like? What can we really know of his life? Distinguished historian Michael Grant, author of "The Twelve Caesars" and "The Rise of the Greeks", offers an illuminating account of his own fascinating search for the historical Jesus. For Dr. Grant, the essential "riddle of the New Testament" is the problem of deciding which portions of the Gospels refer authentically to the career and teaching of Jesus - and which are subsequent additions or inventions by the evangelists influenced by intervening events such as the rise of the church and the First Jewish Revolt against the Romans. Dr. Grant looks at these Gospels with the historian's eye, treating them as he would any other works of ancient literature capable of yielding historical information. The picture of Jesus that emerges is compelling, in some respects strikingly unfamiliar - and sure to intrigue all readers interested in the life of Jesus. CONDITION: New hardcover w/dustjacket (261 pages). Rigel/Orion (2004) ISBN #1898799881. Unblemished except original dustjacket was lost, so we produced a full-color replacement printed on high-gloss photographic quality paper, enclosed in a mylar cover. It's very handsome and durable. Satisfaction guaranteed. In stock, ready to ship. No disappointments, no excuses. PLEASE SEE IMAGES BELOW FOR SAMPLE PAGES FROM INSIDE OF BOOK. PLEASE SEE PUBLISHER, PROFESSIONAL, AND READER REVIEWS BELOW. PUBLISHER REVIEW: REVIEW: There have been countless tellings of the life of Jesus Christ, but can we ever know what really happened? Here renowned historian Michael Grant analyzes the stories behind the Gospels to give perhaps the most perceptive account of Jesus' life and bring us as near as we may come to the truth about his upbringing, relationships, teachings, miracles, and final days in Jerusalem. Even more intriguingly, Dr. Grant allows us a glimpse of the character and motivations of Jesus himself. Michael Grant is a highly successful and renowned historian of the ancient world - and with over fifty books to his credit, certainly one of the most prolific contemporary writers of the ancient world. Without question Professor Grant has been one of the leading popularizers (in the best sense) of ancient history and archaeology. His material is most lucid, entertaining, and informative. He has held many academic posts including those of Fellow of Trinity College, Cambridge; Professor of Humanity at Edinburgh University; Vice Chancellor of The Queen's University, Belfast and Vice Chancellor of the University of Khartoum. He is a Doctor of Letters at Dublin and a Doctor of Laws at Belfast. He has also been President of the Classical Association of England, the Virgil Society and the Royal Numismatic Society, and is a Medalist of the American Numismatic Society. He spent the last years of his life living and writing in Italy. PROFESSIONAL REVIEWS: REVIEW: A sharp, stunning look at Jesus' life and mission. A topnotch English classical historian tackles the most difficult subject in Western history and enlightens us further. His epilogue, "Jesus Then and Now" is extremely persuasive. Grant's approach will certainly be the source of controversy for years to come. However it is lucidly and smoothly written, appropriate for both the layman and scholar, and a welcome contribution to the subject. It is a book which will take its place among the finest studies of the beginnings of Christianity. REVIEW: A distinguished historian's examination of the evidence found in the Gospels. Professor Grant takes a pragmatic, non-theological look at "what really happened" and succeeds to a surprising degree in disclosing a Jesus freed from myth, pious legend, and entangling amendments. The book is clearly written, understandable to the intelligent layman, and especially valuable as a Roman historian's view of Jesus. REVIEW: Distinguished historian's search for the historical Jesus, Michael Grant looks at the information contained about Jesus in the Four New Testament Gospels, and who might be their real authors and when they reached their final form. Index, appendices, notes, maps, bibliography. READER REVIEWS: REVIEW: Michael Grant's book is so vivid, provides so many cultural details, and engages so much practical data that it was like boarding a time machine to actually travel back to first-century Galilee to follow Jesus around and observe the life around him. Grant analyzes aspects of contemporary Galilean, Judean, Aramean and Roman culture in the gospels and other literature, to draw a powerful detailed, yet easily readable character profile of Jesus and his teachings. He probes the gospels, supplemented by contemporary sources, to draw out a detailed view of the psychology and self-concept of Jesus. He establishes strongly the authenticity of some events and teachings commonly dismissed in some circles of thought. Highlighting some ignored aspects of the Gospels, Grant's comparative approach to the four gospels easily portrays the overarching goal and purpose of all Jesus' actions and teachings -- the urgency of ushering in the Kingdom of God. This guiding focus explains many aspects otherwise considered anomalies in the gospel accounts. Grant compares Jesus to the themes, goals and character of the Qumran teachers, Galilean sages and Old Testament prophets. He provides an extensive analysis of Jesus' relationship to John the Baptist. He establishes the unique aspects of Jesus' teachings, as well as the similarities with the developing rabbinic forms of the time. Notable differences are Jesus' unique self-confidence, assurance of his unique relationship to God and his novel personal authority. Grant pointed out aspects of the political and geographical setting, as well as cultural dynamics I have never seen dealt with in other texts. These bring out a total presence and vibrance in the Gospel texts rarely achieved by a New Testament scholar. In spite of my extensive studies and avid interests in these topics, having read dozens of relevant books, I felt projected in a new way into the physical presence of Jesus in a vivid local Galilean setting, as though it was a movie set painstakingly created for authenticity. REVIEW: The great mystery of history is how the life and teachings of an obscure Jewish Rabbi inspired a world religion. Speaking as an historian, Michael Grant examines the life of Jesus, eschewing the spiritual, and puts forth the plausible opinion that Jesus' Ministry was based on the belief that the Kingdom of God, the end of the world as we know it, was at hand. The Jews, or at least the elect of the Jews, would be liberated from oppression, the oppressive Gentiles would be punished, and God would rule. Jesus, he speculates, went knowingly to his death to further the imminent apocalypse. Grant's views help explain Jesus' indifference toward worldly things. Why worry about possessions, religious laws, and rendering taxes unto Caesar when the end is near? This leads the author also to maintain that Jesus' Ministry was based on a mistake - the end didn't come, and hasn't yet come - and that he was "a total failure turned into enormous triumph" after his death. As a person, Jesus comes across as somewhat abrupt and intolerant, especially with his intellectually-challenged disciples. These are pretty strong and controversial views but Grant maintains his historical detachment throughout. All in all this is a most interesting book and the interpretation of Jesus is very convincing. REVIEW: Looking at the gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John with a historian's eye, treating them exactly as he would any other work of ancient literature capable of yielding historical information, Michael Grant gleans a picture of Jesus that is in some respects a new and unfamiliar one. There was no "gentle Jesus, meek and mild" argues Grant, nor was Jesus a political revolutionary, as is often claimed. Rather, Jesus, although readily moved to passion and anger by the sufferings he witnessed, ruthlessly subordinated his every act and thought to the success of his great mission. His admonishments to turn the other cheek, love thy neighbor, welcome sinners, and render unto Caesar came less from a love of peace or a sentimental affection for humanity than from the desire to deal quickly with what he considered secondary issues. The real thrust of his work, according to Grant, was to focus himself and his disciples on the imminent realization of the Kingdom of God. REVIEW: I ran across this book while looking for the Jesus Seminar series. I decided to pick this one up to compare with the JS books, and it compares favorably. It is written in a much more "approachable" fashion than the JS works, and Grant seems to recognize the fine line he treads between historical research into Jesus' life and offending Christians' beliefs. As a history buff I found it intriguing, and I will look for more books in this line; fact-based historical research without a political or religious agenda. I find it interesting that some Christians are offended by revelations into the historical acts of Jesus, or the differentiation between his acts and the works of the founders of the Christian church some years later. An honest attempt to research the actual mission of Jesus should only help scholars and Christians better understand him. REVIEW: I liked the way the author did not dismiss miracles and covered what was probably meant by the "Kingdom" first. Despite platitudes that Jesus was the most influential person to have ever lived (the problem being that what exists of his genuine output is rare, and his status as a saint was even at the time pretty ambiguous), I think this is a portrait which combines facts and impressions with a definite direction and conclusion. The role or lack of role of Saint Paul and many of the saints like Peter is revealed. We also get a digest of the search for the historical New Testament. This is an easy read and makes most of what is known available to readers. I'm not sure whether it glorifies or insults Christ but I feel wiser about him in having read this work. I always ship books Media Mail in a padded mailer. This book is shipped FOR FREE via USPS INSURED media mail (“book rate”). All domestic shipments and most international shipments will include free USPS Delivery Confirmation (you might be able to update the status of your shipment on-line at the USPS Web Site and free insurance coverage). A small percentage of international shipments may require an additional fee for tracking and/or delivery confirmation. If you are concerned about a little wear and tear to the book in transit, I would suggest a boxed shipment - it is an extra $1.00. Whether via padded mailer or box, we will give discounts for multiple purchases. International orders are welcome, but shipping costs are substantially higher. Most international orders cost an additional $12.99 to $33.99 for an insuredshipment in a heavily padded mailer, and typically includes some form of rudimentary tracking and/or delivery confirmation (though for some countries, this is only available at additional cost). There is also a discount program which can cut postage costs by 50% to 75% if you’re buying about half-a-dozen books or more (5 kilos+). Rates and available services vary a bit from country to country. You can email or message me for a shipping cost quote, but I assure you they are as reasonable as USPS rates allow, and if it turns out the rate is too high for your pocketbook, we will cancel the sale at your request. ADDITIONAL PURCHASES do receive a VERY LARGE discount, typically about $5 per book (for each additional book after the first) so as to reward you for the economies of combined shipping/insurance costs. Your purchase will ordinarily be shipped within 48 hours of payment. We package as well as anyone in the business, with lots of protective padding and containers. All of our shipments are sent via insured mail so as to comply with PayPal requirements. We do NOT recommend uninsured shipments, and expressly disclaim any responsibility for the loss of an uninsured shipment. Unfortunately the contents of parcels are easily “lost” or misdelivered by postal employees – even in the USA. That’s why all of our domestic shipments (and most international) shipments include a USPS delivery confirmation tag; or are trackable or traceable, and all shipments (international and domestic) are insured. We do offer U.S. Postal Service Priority Mail, Registered Mail, and Express Mail for both international and domestic shipments, as well United Parcel Service (UPS) and Federal Express (Fed-Ex). Please ask for a rate quotation. We will accept whatever payment method you are most comfortable with. If upon receipt of the item you are disappointed for any reason whatever, I offer a no questions asked return policy. Send it back, I will give you a complete refund of the purchase price (less our original shipping costs). Most of the items I offer come from the collection of a family friend who was active in the field of Archaeology for over forty years. However many of the items also come from purchases I make in Eastern Europe, India, and from the Levant (Eastern Mediterranean/Near East) from various institutions and dealers. Though I have always had an interest in archaeology, my own academic background was in sociology and cultural anthropology. After my retirement however, I found myself drawn to archaeology as well. Aside from my own personal collection, I have made extensive and frequent additions of my own via purchases on Ebay (of course), as well as many purchases from both dealers and institutions throughout the world - but especially in the Near East and in Eastern Europe. I spend over half of my year out of the United States, and have spent much of my life either in India or Eastern Europe. In fact much of what we generate on Yahoo, Amazon and Ebay goes to support The Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg, as well as some other worthy institutions in Europe connected with Anthropology and Archaeology. I acquire some small but interesting collections overseas from time-to-time, and have as well some duplicate items within my own collection which I occasionally decide to part with. Though I have a collection of ancient coins numbering in the tens of thousands, my primary interest is in ancient jewelry. My wife also is an active participant in the "business" of antique and ancient jewelry, and is from Russia. I would be happy to provide you with a certificate/guarantee of authenticity for any item you purchase from me. There is a $2 fee for mailing under separate cover. Whenever I am overseas I have made arrangements for purchases to be shipped out via domestic mail. If I am in the field, you may have to wait for a week or two for a COA to arrive via international air mail. But you can be sure your purchase will arrive properly packaged and promptly - even if I am absent. 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