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Gerd Theissen

Gerd Theissen is Professor of New Testament at the University of Heidelberg, Germany, and author of The Religion of the Earliest Churches (Fortress Press, 1999) and The Shadow of the Galilean (Fortress Press, 1987). He is coauthor of The Historical Jesus: A Comprehensive Guide (Fortress Press, 1988) and coeditor of The Social Setting of Jesus and the Gospels (Fortress Press, 2001).

Book List

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December 1, 2011

Gerd Theissen takes up the problem of the emergence of the New Testament canon out of the wide variety of early Christian literature. Drawing from Max Weber's...

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May 1, 2007

First published in 1987 by Fortress Press, this 20th anniversary edition of this classic bestseller includes a new Afterword from the author. Here, in...

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March 1, 2007
In the tradition of Karl Rahner and Teilhard de Chardin, this book from renowned New Testament scholar Gerd Theissen daringly probes the innermost sanctuaries...
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January 17, 2007
Why read the Bible? Gerd Theissen uses the wisdom gained from decades of teaching Bible instruction at a state university to address questions of the Bible's...
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August 7, 2003

All the main issues for reading the New Testament are covered in this exciting new introduction by one of the world's foremost biblical scholars.

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October 1, 2002
The context of Jesus, his followers, and the early movement. What do the social sciences have to contribute to the study of Jesus and the Gospels? This is...
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November 17, 1999
In these distinguished Oxford lectures, Theissen picks up where he left off in The Historical Jesus (1998). Employing the notion of religion as a...
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May 4, 1998
In the continuing quest for the elusive but compelling figure of Jesus of Nazareth, Gerd Theissen and Annette Merz's authoritative yet engaging book is the...