Thursday, March 10, 2011

Craig Evans on the Pope's New Book: "Best Book I've Read on Jesus in Years"

Today Jesus of Nazareth, vol. 2, hits bookstores around the world.

I was sent an advance copy last month and it's taken quite a bit of will-power to refrain from posting on it (there was an embargo on it). I've got a post coming on it that should appear later today.

Here, however, I just had to highlight what noted New Testament scholar Craig Evans, a non-Catholic, has said about it. To some of you perhaps the name is unfamiliar but he is well-known to anyone engaged in New Testament scholarship. Evans is one of the most balanced and well-respected scholars writing about the historical Jesus today.  This quote blew my mind.
“It’s a remarkable achievement, the best book I’ve read on Jesus in years,” he commented. “This is a book that all Christians should read, be they Protestant or Catholic. Any Jewish person who is interested in the Christian story and who Jesus was, I think, will profit.”
Evans made the comment during a panel discussion which also included Jacob Neusner, Ben Witherington, and many others, including my friend and fellow blog contributor, Brant Pitre.

Check out the article here.

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