Reblog: Book Review, Jesus and His World

Phillip J. Long provides a helpful review of Craig A. Evans’ forthcoming book Jesus and His World. Written for layfolk and ministers rather than scholars, it looks like a presentation of what contemporary archaeological evidence can tell us about the places described in the gospels in the early first century CE, including critiques of some of the more hyped claims in the media such as the Talpiot tomb.

I was particularly intrigued by the description of Nazareth, that makes it sound like a suburb of the bustling city of Sepphoris, and the evidence that Sepphoris was an observant Jewish city prior to the destruction of the Temple in 70CE based on the lack of pig bones in the garbage dump prior to that time.

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2 Responses to Reblog: Book Review, Jesus and His World

  1. Phillip J. Long says:

    Evans also points to the presence of mikvoth, lamp fragments with menorahs and 100+ pieces of stoneware as evidence of a more or less “conservative” Jewish population prior to 70. In addition, he says the mosaics prior to 70 did not include people, after 70 they did. Even at Masada the mosaics were geometric, no faces / gods. I thought his arguments for a higher level of literacy in the ancient world than is usually assumed were quite solid as well.

    Thanks for the reblog!

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