RE: [XTalk] two Bethlehems?
- Below my "signature" I have pasted in the summary of Chilton's book from
the most recent email from Dove Books which I received today.
W. Malcolm Clark, Professor of Religion
Department of Philosophy & Religious Studies JH 202D
Butler University Indianapolis, IN 46208
E-mail: wclark@... phone: 317-940-9364
Rabbi Jesus: An Intimate Biography
Doubleday Hardcover $25.00 $18.99
Chilton draws on recent archaeological findings to paint a vivid portrait
of the social customs, political forces, and religious beliefs and
practices of the period. Examining new translations and interpretations
of ancient texts against this fresh, historically accurate background, he
offers a revolutionary look at Jesus' early life and the philosophical
and psychological foundations of the ideas he promulgated as a young man.
Chilton provides evidence that contradicts long-held beliefs about Jesus
and the movement that he led. He shows, for example, that Jesus was born
in Bethlehem of Galilee, not Nazareth or Bethlehem of Judea, and that the
High Priest Caiaphas, not Pontius Pilate, played the central role in
Jesus' execution. It is his description of Jesus' role as a rabbi, or
'master,' of Jewish oral traditions, a teacher
of the Kabbalah, and a practioner of a Galilean form of Judaism that
emphasized direct communication with God, however, that casts an entirely
new light on the origins of Christianity. By placing Jesus within the
context of his times, Chilton uncovers truths lost to history and reveals
a new Jesus for the new millennium.
(end of quoted/pasted excerpt from Dove Books. The second price at the
start of the excerpt is Dove's price).
- I searched through some primary historical and archaeological evidence,
and found none in favor of Bethlehem in Galilee as the birthplace of
Jesus. Am I missing the obvious, does anyone have any primary evidence
in favor of this interpretation, or is this just a theory in search of