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Jesus A Jewish Galilean

Author(s): Sean Freyne

ISBN13: 9780567084675

ISBN10: 0567084671


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  • In his latest book, Sean Freyne draws on his detailed knowledge of Galilean society in the Roman period, based on both literary and archaeological sources, to give a fresh and provocative reading of the Jesus-story within its Galilean setting. Jesus, a Jewish Galilean focuses on the religious as well as the social and political environment and examines the ways in which the Jewish religious experience had expressed itself in Galilee. It examines the ways in which the Jewish tradition in both the Pentateuch and the Prophets had constructed notions of an ideal Galilee. These provided the raw material for Jesus own response to the issues of the day, from which he fashioned his own distinctive views of Israels restoration and his own role in that project. Although Freyne is in touch with all recent scholarship about the historical Jesus, he brings his own distinctive take on the issues both with regard to Galilean society and Jesus grounding in his own religious tradition. His Jesus is both Jewish and yet distinctive in his concerns and the ways in which he responds to the ecological, social and religious issues of his own time and place. Freyne seeks to retrieve the theological importance of Jesus own message, something that has been lost sight of in the trend to present him primarily as a social reformer, while acknowledging the dangers of modernising Jesus.

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    Sean Freyne has been studying Galilee for decades. In the six chapters of this book he brings his knowledge to bear on the study of Jesus. Archaeological, political, geographical and cultural insights enable him to provide a fascinating study of the importance of Jesus Galilean ministry...Freyne is not afraid to make a stand when evidence points away from an accepted view...This book is to be recommended. ~

    - Clive Marsh, Theological Book Review, Vol 18, No.1, 2006

    Besides a wealth of detailed information on Galilee...the book contains many interesting reflections in Jesus own use of tradition.

    - Helen K Bond,

    "This methodology provides three gains for New Testament scholarship. By utilizing a theological background of Hebrew Scriptures and extracanonical Jewish literature, Freyne establishes a cultural context for both the mission of Jesus...and his wisdom sayings (in Q), a split that constantly divides New Testament scholars. Second, Freyne does for Jesus what others have done for Paul - that is, he provides a "new perspective" on Jesus....And, third, Freyne redefines what current scholarship calls a social context."

    - Graydon F. Snyder, Journal of Religion, (86.1),

    "Freyne uses to the full his historic imagination and breathtaking capacity to recreate the social, economic, geographic and cultural setting of Jesus." David J. Bryan ANVIL Vol. 23 No. 4, 2006

    - David J. Bryan


Jesus A Jewish Galilean