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Jesus and the Remains of His Day: Studies in Jesus and the Evidence of Material Culture

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Archaeological evidence is essential for enhancing our understanding of Jesus' life and the society in which he lived. Illuminating the material culture of the first century, Evans offers 13 essays exploring topics such as the importance of artifacts; hanging and crucifixion in Second Temple Israel; postmortem beliefs in Jewish and pagan epitaphs; and more.

“. . . a splendid collection of state-of-the-art-question essays . . .” Dale Allison, Princeton Theological Seminary

400 pages, Hendrickson Publishers (2015)
ISBN-13: 978-1619707054
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Jesus and the Jihadis: Confronting the Rage of ISIS: The Theology Driving the Ideology
by Craig A. Evans and Jeremiah J. Johnston

As ISIS dominates news headlines, attention is given to the terrorist group’s ideology when the true motive of their mayhem is actually revealed in their theology!

Major General Michael K. Nagata of the Special Operations forces in the Middle East explains that “we do not understand the movement . . . and until we do, we are not going to defeat it.”

The key to defeating ISIS’ regime of terror is understanding its theology.

This is why two leading Biblical scholars offer this go-to guide to understanding ISIS’ distorted theology. Through fresh historical and Biblical insights, discover how ISIS’ acts of violence, terrorism, and persecution impact your life and your faith today.

Official Book Website: www.JesusAndTheJihadis.com

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176 pages, published by Destiny Image (October 20, 2015)
ISBN-13: 978-0768408997
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God Speaks: What He Says. What He Means.

No matter how familiar or unfamiliar you are with the Bible, God Speaks will bring its timeless truth alive as you view it with fresh eyes and apply its restorative power to your life.

Far from a dusty old book of do’s and don’ts, the Bible is a relevant and eternal message of love and reconciliation that holds the power to shape society and transform lives. Dr. Craig Evans, a consultant on Mark Burnett and Roma Downey’s blockbuster miniseries The Bible, unfolds Scripture with compelling clarity. God Speaks will equip you to provide answers to skeptics’ questions about the Bible’s true message.

By taking readers on a journey through each part of the Bible, God Speaks…
  • Examines the Bible as a force for progress in economics, justice, charity, and human rights
  • Explores the Bible’s power to shape culture and transform individual lives
  • Extols God’s deeply resonant message of forgiveness and hope for all
  • Equips readers with tools to understand Scripture to apply its ever-enduring precepts to daily living
272 pages, published by Worthy Publishing (July 7, 2015)
ISBN-13: 978-1617954818
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Geting Jesus Right: How Muslims get Jesus and Islam Wrong
by Craig A. Evans and James A. Beverley, edited by Marina Hofman-Willard

Is it possible that muslims are wrong about Jesus and various tenets of Islam? Is the famous Muslim writer Reza Aslan mistaken in his portrayal of Jesus of Nazareth and apologetic for Islam? Professor James Beverley and Professor Craig Evans take an in-depth look at subjects at the core of the Muslim-Christian divide: the reliability of the New Testament Gospels and the Qur'an, and what we can really know about Jesus and the prophet Muhammad. Importantly, they also examine the implications of traditional Islamic faith on the status of women, jihad and terrorism.

"The authors deal with every topic, from ancient manuscripts to terrorism, from Jesus to Muhammad, from the Crusades to colonialism, with accuracy, originality and courage. Getting Jesus Right is a provocative and powerful work." - David Cook Associate professor of Religion, Rice University, and author of Understanding Jihad

"This book is a scholarly and devastating critique of Reza Aslan's views on Jesus and Islam." - Robert Spencer New York Times bestselling author of The Politically Incorrect Guide to Islam (and the Crusades) and The Truth About Muhammad

"A learned and wide-ranging book" - Tom Holland Author of In the Shadow of the Sword

352 pages, published by Castle Quay Books (May 5, 2015)
ISBN-13: 978-1927355459
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From Jesus to the Church

Did Jesus intend to found a church separate from Judaism? Who were the very first followers of Jesus? And how did a clash between two families—the family of Jesus on one hand and the family of high priest Annas and their aristocratic allies on the other—eventually lead to the formation of Christianity?

In this study, best-selling author Craig A. Evans looks at how a tumultuous chain of events from 30-70 CE—beginning with Jesus's entry into Jerusalem and subsequent crucifixion and ending with the destruction of the temple—led to the separation between the followers of Jesus and other Jews. Topics include the following: 1) whether Jesus actually intended to found the Christian Church; 2) the ways in which Jesus's proclamation of the "Kingdom of God" relate to the Christian Church; 3) the role of James, brother of Jesus, in the new movement in Jerusalem; 4) the tension between James and Paul in the matter of law and works; 5) the conflict between the families and followers of Jesus and those of the high priest Annas before the destruction of the temple; and 6) the aftermath of the Jewish rebellion, whereby the Church moved away from its Jewish roots. An appendix further explores the reasons behind the rift between the Jesus movement and the synagogue. This fascinating volume is suitable for historical Jesus and early church studies, along with anyone else interested in learning about the very first followers of Jesus.

(Westminster John Knox, Feb 2014)
ISBN: 9780664239053


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Jesus and His World: The Archaeological Evidence

In this provocative work, world-renowned scholar Craig A. Evans presents the most important archaeological discoveries that shed light on the world of Jesus of Nazareth. Evans takes on many sensational claims that have been proposed in recent books and peddled in the media, and uses actual archaeological findings to uncover the truth about several key pieces of Jesus' world. For example, what was the village of Nazareth actually like in the time of Jesus? Did synagogues really exist, as the Gospels say? What does archaeology tell us about the ruling priests who condemned Jesus to death? Has the tomb of Jesus really been found, as has been claimed? Evans's engaging prose enables readers to understand and critique the latest theories--both the sober and the sensational--about who Jesus was and what he lived and died for.

Questions are included at the end of each chapter, making this book ideal for group or individual study

(Westminster John Knox, Mar 2012)
ISBN: 9780664234133


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Matthew: New Cambridge Bible Commentary

This book is a verse-by-verse analysis of the New Testament Gospel of Matthew. It provides a comprehensive introduction to the gospel, which describes the world of Jesus and his first followers. This commentary explores the historical, social, and religious contexts of Matthew and examines the customs, beliefs, and ideas that inform the text. Unfamiliar to many readers of the New Testament, this background will help readers fully understand the text of Matthew, which focuses on what Jesus taught and why the religious authorities in Jerusalem rejected his message and gave him up to the Roman governor for execution. This book will be an important tool for clergy, scholars, and other interested readers of Matthew.

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The Book of Genesis:
Composition, Reception, and Interpretation

Edited by Craig A. Evans, Acadia University, Joel N. Lohr, Trinity Western University David L. Petersen Emory University

Written by leading experts in the field, The Book of Genesis: Composition, Reception, and Interpretation offers a wide-ranging treatment of the main aspects of Genesis study. Its twenty-nine essays fall under four main sections. The first section contains studies of a more general nature, including the history of Genesis in critical study, Genesis in literary and historical study, as well as the function of Genesis in the Pentateuch. The second section contains commentary on or interpretation of specific passages (or sections) of Genesis, as well as essays on its formation, genres, and themes. The third section contains essays on the textual history and reception of Genesis in Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. The final section explores the theologies of the book of Genesis, including essays on Genesis and ecology and Genesis in the context of Jewish thought.

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'What Does the Scripture Say?'
Studies in the Function of Scripture in Early Judaism and Christianity

Volume 1: The Synoptic Gospels
edited by Craig A. Evans and H. Daniel Zacharias

These essays explore new methods and overlooked traditions that appear to shed light on how the founders of the Christian movement understood the older sacred tradition and sought new and creative ways to let it speak to their own times.

Gurtner discusses the Matthean version of the temptation narrative. Chandler investigates the exhortation to 'love your neighbour as yourself' from Lev. 19.18b. Talbot re-examines Jesus' offer of rest in Mt. 11.28-30. Myers explores the ways Matthew's appeal to Isa. 42.1-4 in Mt. 12.17-21 affects the characterization of Jesus in his Gospel. Hamilton explores 1 Enoch 6-11 as a retelling of Genesis 3-6. Herzer seeks to explain varuiys aspects of Mt. 27.51b-53. McWhirter explores the citation of Exod 23.20, Mal. 3.1, and Isa. 40.3 in Mk 1.2-3. Hopkins investigates the manner in which Jesus engages questions and persons regarding purity and impurity. Miller notes that victory songs are a generally acknowledges category of Hebrew poetry. Gregerman argues that studies of early Christian proselytism to Gentiles are largely focussed on missionary methods of converts.

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'What Does the Scripture Say?'
Studies in the Function of Scripture in Early Judaism and Christianity

Volume 2: The Letters and Liturgical Traditions
edited by Craig A. Evans and H. Daniel Zacharias

Myers addresses John's use of Moses traditions in his characterization of Jesus. Stewart examines the Johannine use of Ps. 82 by merging a broader contextual examination with an analysis of formal logic. Moyise discusses Paul's quotations adn explores their relevance for the scholarly consensus. Lincicum studies Paul's letters and the Temple Scroll and compares their exegetical practice with references to Deuteronomy. Wells discusses the topic of divine and human agency in Pauline theology and soteriology. Luckensmeyer investigates how Paul wove words, phrases, and themes from Obadiah into his first letter to the Thessalonian Christians. Becker examines 2 Cor. 3.4-18 and Mk 9.2-9. Bucur investigates the peculiar reading of Hab. 3.2. Jobes probes the extent of the influence of the Twelve Minor Prophets on the writers of the New Testament. Matlock examines Solomon's prayer of dedication of the Jerusalem temple. Stern proposes a new model for understanding both the role of biblical texts in early Jewish liturgy and the relationship between biblical and non-biblical utterances in the early synagogue context.

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The World of Jesus and the Early Church,
Edited by Craig A. Evans
 
Prominent scholars in the fields of Archaeology, New Testament Studies, and the Dead Sea Scrolls have come together in The World of Jesus and the Early Church to focus on early Jewish and Christian communities of faith and their impact on the collections of texts that were their scriptures (and would become, in due time, part of their various canons).

Professors, students, and pastors who are interested in how these communities lived—how they developed, what they believed, and how they regarded and preserved the written documents that were their scripture—will be interested in this comprehensive volume drawn from presentations made to key conferences on the subject. This book’s emphasis on a variety of communities of faith (not just Christian) and their early (and critical) influence on the development of religious canonical materials sets it apart from others on New Testament-period culture.

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Jesus and the Ossuaries

The ossuary bearing the inscription "Jacob, son of Joseph, brother of Jesus," has generated a great deal of controversy since its announcement in 2002. In Jesus and the Ossuaries, Professor Evans takes no position with respect to the authenticity of this interesting inscription. Rather, he investigates Jewish burial practices and what they tell us about the world of Jesus, his teaching, and his own death, burial, and resurrection. What did Jesus mean when he told a would-be follower to "Let the dead bury their own dead"? Or, what was the significance of telling Jesus that Lazarus, his friend, had been dead for four days? Even more important, was Jesus himself taken down from the cross and given proper burial, or was his body left exposed to birds and animals, as a few scholars have recently suggested? These and other interesting questions are addressed in this book. (Waco, TX: Baylor University Press, 2003)
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Jesus the Final Days by Craig A EvansThe Holman QuickSource™ Guide to the Dead Sea Scrolls

The Holman QuickSource™ Guide to the Dead Sea Scrolls (DSS) gives the reader a strong overview and understanding of the DSS and their importance for Christianity. Topics covered include a riveting narrative on the discovery of the Scrolls, notes on the Dead Sea region, the contents and dates of the Scrolls, who wrote and gathered them, first and second generation scholars of the Scrolls and more. Frequently Evans takes readers from biblical texts to particularly illuminating Scrolls to discuss if and how the Scrolls help us interpret the New Testament. Visually-driven yet content-rich, this book is replete with timelines, vivid photos and charts. It is a joy to read: clear, informed and conversational. It will invite the reader into the world of the Scrolls, hold t heir attention and leave t hem wanting for more. (B&H Books, 2010) ISBN: 9780805448528

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Jesus the Final Days by Craig A EvansJesus, the Final Days: What Really Happened

What do history and archaeology have to say about Jesus’ death, burial, and resurrection? How were criminal trials and executions conducted during the time of Jesus? Was Jesus really raised from the dead? Together, Craig A. Evans and N. T. Wright address these important topics (in the UK: SPCK; in North America: Westminster John Knox Press, 2009).

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Fabricating Jesus: How Modern Scholars Distort the Gospels

Commenting on such recent releases as Bart Ehrman's Misquoting Jesus, James Tabor's The Jesus Dynasty, Michael Baigent's The Jesus Papers, and The Gospel of Judas, for which he served as an advisory board member to the National Geographic Society, Evans offers a sane approach to examining the sources for understanding the historical Jesus. (Downers Grove: Intervarsity Press, 2006)

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Exploring the Origins of the Bible by Craig EvansExploring the Origins of the Bible: Canon Formation in Historical, Literary, and Theological Perspective

For those who want to go deeper in their understanding of the canon of Scripture, leading international scholars here provide cutting-edge perspectives on various facets of the writings that make up the biblical canon, including discussion of the forces at work that excluded some writings from the canon. Contributors include James Charlesworth and Stanley Porter. The editors are Craig A. Evans and Emanuel Tov (Baker Academic, 2008).

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Luke: New International Biblical Commentary
(NIBC 3; Peabody: Hendrickson, 1990)

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Word and Glory: On the Exegetical and Theological Background of John's Prologue (JSNTSup 89; Sheffield: JSOT Press, 1993)
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Luke and Scripture: The Function of Sacred Tradition in Luke-Acts, with James A. Sanders (Minneapolis: Fortress, 1993; reprinted by Wipf & Stock, 2001)
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Jesus and His Contemporaries: Comparative Studies (AGJU 25; Leiden: Brill, 1995; reprinted by Brill Boston, 2001)
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Life of Jesus Research: An Annotated Bibliography (NTTS 24; Leiden: Brill, 1996)
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Authenticating the Words of Jesus (NTTS 28.1; Leiden: Brill, 1998; reprinted by Brill Boston, 2002)
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Authenticating the Activities of Jesus (NTTS 28.2; Leiden: Brill, 1998; reprinted by Brill Boston, 2002)
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Dictionary of New Testament Background
(Leicester and Downers Grove: InterVarsity Press, 2000)

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Mark 8:27-16:20 (WBC 34b; Nashville: Thomas Nelson, 2001)
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Who Was Jesus? A Jewish - Christian Dialogue (Louisville: Westminster John Knox Press, 2001)
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The Bible Knowledge Background Commentary. Volume 1: Matthew - Luke (Colorado Springs: Cook Publications, 2003)
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From Prophecy to Testament: The Function of the Old Testament in the New (Peabody: Hendrickson, 2004)
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Ancient Texts for New Testament Studies: A Guide to the Background Literature (Peabody, MA: Hendrickson, 2005)
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Christian Beginnings and the Dead Sea Scrolls (Acadia Studies in Bible and Theology; Grand Rapids: Baker Academic, 2006)  
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