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Who Was Jesus? Exploring the History of Jesus’ Life

In this FREE eBook, examine fundamental questions about Jesus of Nazareth.

Jesus is the central figure of Christianity, the world’s largest religion. As a teacher in first-century Galilee, he influenced thousands. Yet many questions today surround this enigmatic person. Where was he really born—Bethlehem or Nazareth? Did he marry? Is there evidence outside of the Bible that proves he actually walked the earth?

The brand-new Biblical Archaeology Society eBook Who Was Jesus? Exploring the History of Jesus’ Life, drawn from articles in Biblical Archaeology Review and Bible Review, examines the history of Jesus’ life, from where he was born, where he grew up and whether there is extra-Biblical evidence for his existence.

Chapter 1

Did Jesus Exist? Searching for Evidence Beyond the Bible

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Did Jesus of Nazareth really exist? What’s the evidence outside of the Bible? In “Did Jesus Exist? Searching for Evidence Beyond the Bible,” Lawrence Mykytiuk examines Classical and Jewish writings from the first several centuries C.E. These records give us a glimpse of the person who would become the central figure in Christianity mere decades after his crucifixion.

Chapter 2

Jesus’ Birthplace and Jesus’ Home

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Where was Jesus born? The Gospels of Matthew and Luke say that Jesus was born in Bethlehem. So why is he called a Nazorean and a Galilean throughout the New Testament? In “Jesus’ Birthplace and Jesus’ Home,” Philip J. King examines what the Bible actually says about Bethlehem, traditionally considered Jesus’ birthplace, and Nazareth, Jesus’ hometown.

Chapter 3

Has Jesus’ Nazareth House Been Found?

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What was Nazareth like during Jesus’ time? In “Has Jesus’ Nazareth House Been Found?” Ken Dark describes the excavation of an intriguing first-century “courtyard house” that may have been revered as Jesus’ boyhood home in the Byzantine period. Other archaeological evidence suggests that Jesus’ Nazareth was larger and wealthier than previously thought.

Chapter 4

Did Jesus Marry?

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Modern movies and novels always want to marry Jesus off to one of his most prominent—and perhaps scandalous—female followers, Mary Magdalene. But Jesus’ own words suggest he wasn’t interested in such worldly matters, according to Birger A. Pearson in “Did Jesus Marry?”

Chapter 5

Was Jesus’ Last Supper a Seder?

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Matthew, Mark and Luke say that Jesus was crucified on Passover, suggesting that the Last Supper was a Seder, a ritual meal held in celebration of this Jewish holiday. John indicates otherwise. Who’s right, if any of them? Jonathan Klawans examines this question in “Was Jesus’ Last Supper a Seder?”
 


 
We hope you enjoy this journey through the history of Jesus’ life. These and other fascinating insights into the Biblical world can be found in the pages of Biblical Archaeology Review and Bible Review.

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  • lametrius says

    i wanted to download the ebook but i didnt want the other stuff that came with it so i decided not to download it at this time, how come it wasnt offered by itself? (especially since its free). and please i ask that nobody come for me about my comments.

    • Kim says

      I agree. I do not want the daily thing either. I guess we could unsubscribe when we get the first one?

  • rosanne says

    If Jesus tells us to pray to out Heavenly Father,why do so many call or refer to Him as Lord. Who first termed him as a Lord. An English
    Word that denotes as an owner… English there were lords and vassals…(sp)
    When I mention ideas to say Baptists they get angry, specially , ie. Their Easter Sunday, Good Friday , Christmas beliefs…!

    • John says

      As the American Standard Version says at Isaiah 42:8 I am Jehovah that is my name; and my glory I will not give to another, neither my praise to graven images. There are many titles that God has, but he only has on name.
      Jesus was also well aware of God’s name, e.g. (John 17:6, 26)
      Exodus 23:13 also gives the warning not to mention the names of other gods and there were plenty of them…….we therefore see the importance of the name of the true God that distinguishes Him from all the other gods………Heavenly Father, Father, LORD, God, Almighty, etc., are merely titles……….with the exception of very few, all persons in God’s Word have a name, it would therefore be unusual for God not to have a name……His name would set Him apart from the many other gods
      From Adeona to Zeus there are very many gods, all having names……..therefore it would be fitting that the creator of ALL things would have a name, and it is very well known that that name is Jehovah, and yet many religious leaders in the so called Christian world refuse to accept and/or use that name.
      The American Standard Version of the Bible uses Jehovah throughout the Hebrew Scriptures, or OT. Why would God suddenly say not to use his name after Jesus’ earthly ministry and as I pointed out previously Jesus used his Fathers name.

      • John says

        Another point that I forgot to mention was the name of Jesus……..it means “Jehovah is Salvation.”

    • Raymond Kenneth says

      1. “Lord” there is probably wordplay on ‘lowered’ (from other-title to mere ownership)
      2. “Lord” there is capitalized but-not-all-caps so it’s merely H-definite not K-definitive
      3. —(whereas KHONSU/THE LORD SHU/YHW was definitive: who, what, how he…)
      4. —(and after Genesis, Jehovah YHW-H meant ‘any-in-his-name-and-power’, Ziũs)
      5. the commandment to Have One God meant ‘don’t-argue-over-the-different-names’
      6 —(which is why the Jews avoid the naming-‘the name’ of their whichever-one-god)

  • Dea says

    My belief since I was about 15/16 years old has been much like what you say
    RE; remarks above. Are there books that can be ordered from a Book Store i.e. Barnes and Noble, rather than downloaded on to my computer.

  • Gerry says

    Jesus was a Jew who worshipped
    YHWH. The purpose of the gospels is to depict him as the Messiah, the Son of God. The gospel writers never viewed him as God or part of a Trinity. This concept took hundreds of years to evolve and is now projected backwards onto the texts. People can believe this if they wish, but it is NOT a Biiblical teaching.

    • Gabriella says

      I agree with you! this is more like questioning everyones faith in OUR LORD

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