"From Jesus to Christ" by Paula Fredriksen

From Jesus to Christ The Origins of the New Testament Images of Christ Second Edition Paula Fredriksen

Publication date:
11 Jul 2000
Yale University Press
288 pages: 197 x 127mm


How did Jesus of Nazareth become the Christ of the Christian tradition?

"Magisterial. . . . A learned, brilliant and enjoyable study."—Géza Vermès, Times Literary Supplement

In this exciting book, Paula Fredriksen explains the variety of New Testament images of Jesus by exploring the ways that the new Christian communities interpreted his mission and message in light of the delay of the Kingdom he had preached. This edition includes an introduction reviews the most recent scholarship on Jesus and its implications for both history and theology.

"Brilliant and lucidly written, full of original and fascinating insights."—Reginald H. Fuller, Journal of the American Academy of Religion

"This is a first-rate work of a first-rate historian."—James D. Tabor, Journal of Religion

"Fredriksen confronts her documents—principally the writings of the New Testament—as an archaeologist would an especially rich complex site. With great care she distinguishes the literary images from historical fact. As she does so, she explains the images of Jesus in terms of the strategies and purposes of the writers Paul, Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John."—Thomas D’Evelyn, Christian Science Monitor

Paula Fredriksen, the Aurelio Professor of Scripture at Boston University, is the author of Jesus of Nazareth, King of the Jews, which won the 1999 National Jewish Book Award. She served as historical consultant and featured speaker on the PBS Frontline series “From Jesus to Christ: The First Christians.”

Fredriksen has achieved a magisterial sketch of the evolution of the images of Jesus with astonishing neatness and simplicity. . . . A learned, brilliant and enjoyable study of the genesis of the New Testament images of Jesus."—Géza Vermès, Times Literary Supplement

"A landmark book on Christianity."—International Review of Biblical Studies

"A more than usually competent and stimulating survey course textbook. . . . The summary expositions of the New Testament texts provide a fair and adequate summary of principal emphases in these writings, with a good proportion of shrewd observation. . . . Insightful and lively style. . . . This book provides a helpful framework and should provoke a good deal of questioning and discussion. And what more can we ask?"—James D.G. Dunn, Journal of Theological Studies

"This extraordinarily well-written and exciting book is a reconception of the causes and motivations operative in the early Christian movement, a new rationale of the sequence of probable events. It will be fascinating for all kinds of readers."—Wayne Meeks