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Studies in the Historical Jesus

Anarchy, Miracles, and Madness

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Studies in the Historical Jesus: Anarchy, Miracles, and Madness is a selection of key essays on the historical figure of Jesus published over the last fifteen years by Justin J. Meggitt. Each addresses a central question in the study of Jesus and his context, from the role of myth in the creation of traditions about him and the historicity of his miracles, to the problem of his politics and the reasons for his execution. The collection brings fresh perspectives and new data to bear on enduring debates, and demonstrates the value of "history from below" in making sense of the historical Jesus and the world that made him.  

About the Author

Justin Meggitt
Justin James Meggitt

JUSTIN J. MEGGITT has taught courses on the historical Jesus for the University of Cambridge for over twenty-five years, and publishes widely in the study of earliest Christianity, early modern religious history, slavery, and religion and terrorism. His Senior Lecturer/Associate Professor in the Study of Religion in the Faculty of Divinity, University of Cambridge, and Visiting Researcher in the Department of Ethnology, History of Religions and Gender Studies, Stockholm University.

Table of Contents

Dedication Note Acknowledgements Introduction 1. Popular mythology in the early Roman empire and the multiplicity of Jesus traditions 2. The historical Jesus and healing: Jesus' miracles in psychosocial context 3. Psychology and the historical Jesus 4. Was the historical Jesus an anarchist? Anachronism, anarchism and the historical Jesus 5. The madness of King Jesus: why was Jesus put to death, but his followers were not? 6. "More ingenious than learned"? Examining the quest for the non-historical Jesus 7. Did magic matter? The saliency of magic in the early Roman empire Bibliography

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