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The shadow of the Galilean : the quest of the historical Jesus in… (original 1986; edition 1987)

by Gerd Theissen

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* An updated edition with a new cover * Includes a new afterword from the author * Includes a map of Palestine in the time of Jesus and an appendix on the most important sources on Jesus and his times
Title:The shadow of the Galilean : the quest of the historical Jesus in narrative form
Authors:Gerd Theissen
Info:Philadelphia : Fortress Press, 1987.
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Tags:Jesus Christ -- Historicity

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The Shadow of the Galilean: The Quest of the Historical Jesus in Narrative Form by Gerd Theissen (1986)



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Shadow of the Galilean follows the journey of a certain Andreas on his clandestine, yet reluctant quest to undercover intelligence about Jewish religious movements on behalf of the Roman prefect Pontius Pilate. The story leads readers from Jerusalem to Qumran then to Galilee and back to Judaea as Andreas tracks some of the more prominent Jewish sects and uncovers information about them. His goal, ironically, is to protect them from the harsh Roman rule and paint his fellow countrymen in a positive light.

Along the way, Andreas increasingly finds himself hearing about this Jesus of Nazareth whom is roaming the countryside and amassing followers. Everywhere he goes our protagonist is confronted with Jesus sayings and stories of experiences with Him. Eventually Andreas finds himself drawn to the enigmatic leader and consequently the Romans do as well. The young merchant is presented with the task to report on Jesus's threat to Rome and try as he may, it is difficult to paint the alleged Messiah in a favorable manner. Jesus is an implicit threat to the establishment in a way that goes against any political maneuvering or violent uprising. He is the leader of the common people. Andreas's story climaxes with a faith crisis in which he must decide "who is Jesus" before those who have the power to kill him.

Theissen's work is primarily written to those familiar with historical backgrounds of the Gospels, historical Jesus, and first-century Judaism although I feel that others can benefit from it given the persistence and willingness to learn. While the narrative is decidedly scholastic and the characters flat, there is merit for those who persist: especially if one desires to have a concrete understanding of first-century Palestine. Theissen's work is to be commended even if short of a literary masterpiece.
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