What do we really know about Jesus of Nazareth? Two thousand years after his death, this adored yet controversial figure continues to raise a wealth of questions.
In Jesus: A Biography, celebrated Catalan New Testament scholar Armand Puig i Tàrrech weaves a comprehensive historical narrative to answer many of the most intriguing questions about Jesus. What do we know about the way Jesus was raised? Why did he spend so much time with social outcasts? How did he simultaneously attract loyal followers and fierce adversaries? What did his words and actions mean? What can be said about his death and resurrection from a historical perspective?
Puig i Tàrrech highlights Jesus' most profound and distinctive features—from his purposeful identification with the sick and poor and his relationship with his devoted followers to his astute trust in God's care of human history—bringing into view a vivid, active, and believable Jesus.
Jesus is a richly informed and thoughtful approach to historical knowledge of Jesus from a seasoned scholar. Both a senior scholar and a practicing Christian, Puig i Tàrrech navigates the complexity of the questions, the sources, and the criteria for making historical statements about Jesus.~Larry Hurtado, Director of the Centre for the Study of Christian Origins, The University of Edinburgh
In an accessible format, Jesus familiarizes readers with the textual evidence on which an analysis of Jesus must be based. Puig i Tàrrech understands that when Jesus is located within his generative environment, we can discern the dimensions of personal development that move us out of asking whether a person exists and into the realm of critical biography.~Bruce Chilton, Bernard Iddings Bell Professor of Religion, Bard College
With the publication of Tàrrech's book, the English-speaking world can hear for the first time a celebrated Catalan NT scholar.... [W]ith his critical historical thinking, his theological reflection, and genuine spiritual concerns, Tàrrech makes a profound impact on his readers.~Beniamin Pascut, Religious Studies Review