Part One: The History (What do we know?)
This brief historical introduction to Jesus assesses his impact on the world as it was at the time and outlines the key ideas and values connected with him. It explores the social, political and religious factors that formed the context of his life and teaching, and considers how those factors affected the way he was initially received.
Part Two: The Legacy (Why does it matter?)
This second part surveys the intellectual and cultural ‘afterlife’ of Jesus, exploring the ways in which his impact has lasted. Why does he continue to be so influential, and what aspects of his legacy are likely to endure beyond today and into the future?
The book has a brief chronology at the front plus a glossary of key terms and a list of further reading at the back.
Part 1: Jesus of Nazareth
Did Jesus Exist?
The Political Context: Dreams, Prophets and Messiahs
Jesus as Miracle Worker — Healings and Exorcisms
Friends, Family — and a Wife?
Jerusalem, Betrayal and Execution
Part 2: Jesus’ Legacy
Resurrection — and the Earliest Portrayals of Jesus
Jesus the God and the Centre of Time
Jesus in the Middle Ages: Art, Relics and Passion Plays
Jesus in Contemporary Religion