Jesus : An Historical Approximation


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In this Spanish best-seller, now available in English for the first time, the Biblical scholar Jose Antonio Pagola reconstructs the historical Jesus with a scholarly exegetical and theological approach. He addresses basic questions about who Jesus was; how he understood his life; what was the originality of his message; how the vision of he Kingdom of God centred his life; and why he was executed and who intervened in the process. The author presents a lively and passionate narrative of Jesus of Nazareth within the milieu of the first century, locating him in his social, economical, political and religious contexts based on current and accepted research. He also analyses the perspectives and conclusions of the most important scholars in this research and presents a profound and extensive scholarly theological reflection about Jesus.

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  • Paperback | 560 pages
  • 154 x 216 x 42mm | 619.99g
  • Convivium Press
  • Miami, FL, United States
  • English
  • 1934996092
  • 9781934996096
  • 9,539

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'One of Pagolas most controversial stances is that Jesus never described his death in theological terms and did not understand it as a sacrificial atonement for the sins of humanity. The Father doesnt need to preserve his honor with anyone s destruction, Pagola writes. His love for his sons and daughters is gratuitous, his forgiveness unconditional. Rather, Pagola says, Jesus viewed his death as a service to God s reign for the benefit of all. Jesus: An Historical Approximation may frustrate conservatives, who fault Pagola for departing from traditional formulas of faith, as well as liberals, who wonder how a follower of Jesus can analyze the historical sources objectively.' --Darrell Turner, National Catholic Reporter; 'Pagola has a simple message to convey. God must be understood as compassion, not power. In his book he set out to depict, in clear, accessible layman s language, as much as the historical sources allow, a comprehensive picture of Jesus of Nazareth. Just who was he? What was his contemporary world really like? Why did he want to go beyond complex religious codes and ritual practices? And why did he end up on collision course with the local Jewish authorities and the delegates of imperial Rome?' --Mark Dowd, The Tablet, UK.

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About Jose Antonio Pagola

Jose Antonio Pagola was born in Spain in 1937. He completed his theological studies in 1962 at the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome and his studies in Sacred Scripture at the Biblical Institute in Rome in 1963. He also studied Biblical sciences at the Ecole Biblique in Jerusalem. He has dedicated his life to Biblical studies and Christology and has done research on the historical Jesus for more than 30 year. His new books have been recognized as one of the best latest studies on the Historical Jesus.

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