John of History, Baptist of Faith: The Quest for the Historical Baptizer (Hardcover)

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A groundbreaking historical-critical study of John the Baptist

In the popular imagination, John the Baptist plays the supporting role of Jesus's unkempt forerunner. But meticulous historical study reveals his wide-reaching and enduring influence on the history of religion.

The first study of its kind, John of History, Baptist of Faith sheds light on the historical John the Baptist and his world. James F. McGrath applies historical-critical methodology not only to the New Testament but also to the Mandaean Book of John, a holy text of the last extant gnostic sect. McGrath uses the teachings of John's pupil, Jesus, as a window into his mentor's beliefs. Along the way, he brings new clarity to questions of contention among scholars, such as John's use of immersion as a substitute for temple sacrifice.

Bold in its claims yet careful in its method, John of History, Baptist of Faith lends fresh insight into John, Jesus, and their world. McGrath's pioneering monograph will challenge and intrigue students and scholars of the New Testament and Second Temple Judaism.

About the Author

James McGrath is Clarence L. Goodwin Chair in New Testament Language and Literature at Butler University.

Product Details
ISBN: 9780802883995
ISBN-10: 0802883990
Publisher: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company
Publication Date: October 3rd, 2024
Pages: 486
Language: English