Jesus the Jew
by Geza Vermes
This now classic book is a significant corrective to several recent developments in the study of the historical Jesus. In contrast to depictions of Jesus as a wandering Cynic teacher, Geza Vermes offers a portrait based on evidence of charismatic activity in first-century Galilee. Vermes shows how the major New Testament titles of Jesus-prophet, Lord, Messiah, son of man, Son of God-can be understood in this historical context. The result is a description of Jesus that retains its power and its credibility.
Geza Vermes was Professor Emeritus of Jewish Studies at the University of Oxford, UK and was one of the world’s greatest experts on the historical Jesus, Christian beginnings, and the Dead Sea Scrolls. With the publication of “Jesus the Jew” (1973) he introduced the idea of Jesus as a 1st century Jewish holy man to the general public. His book “The Dead Sea Scrolls in English” (1962) introduced the English reader to the Scrolls, going on to sell over half a million copies.