What’s the truth about Jesus’ arrest? His trial? His execution?
In a readable and insightful book, The Judas Brief, Gary Greenberg carefully sifts through the documents to undercover what really happened. With skills as a criminal defense attorney, he puts “the witnesses” on the stand and cross-examines them, attempting to uncover what they are hiding, their motives and their agendas.
There is more to Judas than meets the eye and this figure, so central to Jesus’ last days, has received critical attention from the recently discovered Gospel of Judas and Hyman Maccoby’s Judas Iscariot and the Myth of Jewish Evil. What role did he play? Whom did Jesus really threaten – the Jewish leaders? Roman authorities? What was Judas up to?
For more information, see Gary Greenberg’s website, www.biblemyth.com.
Clear Exposition of the Biblical Faith
Restoring Abrahamic Faith builds upon James Tabor’s ground-breaking book, The Jesus Dynasty (Simon & Shuster, 2006). It sets forth in a clear and engaging style an exposition of the ancient Hebrew Faith as revealed in the Hebrew Bible, with a particular emphasis on Abraham, Moses, the Torah, and the Prophets.
It challenges readers to the “ancient paths” of the Hebrew faith with Abraham, the first Hebrew, as a prime model. As such, it is foundational to the origins of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam -- the three great Abrahamic Faiths that subsequently developed in different directions.
Tabor writes: “The book is very much a personal ‘manifesto’ based on my own study of the Bible for the past 40 years. Although this work is based on my academic and historical work, it is nonetheless a biblically based exposition of the ancient Hebrew faith as drawn from the Torah, the Prophets, and the Writings of the Hebrew Bible. My intention is to address, in particular, Christians, Jews, Muslims, and secularists, by offering a challenging presentation of the great questions of Biblical Faith. Some of the fascinating subjects covered are: Who is God? What are the Holy Scriptures? How does one know the will of God? How should we live? What does salvation mean? Is the present return of Jews to the Land of Israel significant? What about the coming of the Messiah? Who was Jesus and what was his message?”
Restoring Abrahamic Faith is strongly recommended as a reliable exposition of the biblical faith and for understanding the message of Jesus, John the Baptist and James (Jesus’ brother).
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James Tabor is Chair of the Department of Religious Studies at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.
Serious students of the Bible should also note his informative website: www.religiousstudies.uncc.edu/jdtabor/indexb.html
See also The Jesus Dynasty: www.jesusdynasty.com