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4.24 out of 54.24 out of 54.24 out of 54.24 out of 54.24 out of 5 4.24 (17 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: James D. Tabor Narrator: James D. Tabor Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: April 2006 ISBN: 9780743554213
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Based on a careful analysis of the earliest Christian documents and recent archaeological discoveries, The Jesus Dynasty offers a bold new interpretation of the life of Jesus and the origins of Christianity. The story is surprising, controversial and exciting as only a long-lost history can be when it is at last recovered.

In The Jesus Dynasty, biblical scholar James Tabor brings us closer than ever to the historical Jesus. He sheds new light on Jesus' relationship with John the Baptizer, the role played by his brother James, and how Paul's ministry transformed Jesus' message, into what would become Christianity.

James Tabor has studied the earliest surviving documents of Christianity for more than thirty years. He reconstructs for us the movement that sought the spiritual, social, and political redemption of the Jews, a movement led by one family. The Jesus Dynasty offers an alternative version of Christian origins, one that takes us closer than ever to Jesus and his family and followers.

This audiobook will change our understanding of one of the most crucial moments in history. Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Boldly provocative…a book unlike any the public has ever seen.” 

    Bart Ehrman, bestselling author of Misquoting Jesus 

  • “This book is accessible and sure to be highly controversial, attracting the attention of reporters, spiritual seekers, historians and fans of The Da Vinci Code.” 

    Publishers Weekly

  • “This breaks new ground on the journey to find the historical Jesus, and it is certain to prompt much discussion—and not a little controversy.”  

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Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kimberly Kieffer | 2/20/2014

    " An expertly written work exploring the life of the historical Jesus, this book uses biblical archeological data and literary critique to illuminate who Jesus and his family were and there place in ancient world. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Pete daPixie | 2/19/2014

    " Tabor is chair of religious studies at the University of North Carolina. He uncovers the family of Jesus that has been hidden by time and early Christianity. Excellent interpretation that takes us closer to the truth of Jesus, his family and movement. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Promise Ceasar | 2/14/2014

    " Not what I was expecting, picked it up in an airport thinking it was a Da Vinci type book. It wasn't more historical fact/theory. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Eddy Allen | 2/11/2014

    " Based on a careful analysis of the earliest Christian documents and recent archaeological discoveries, "The Jesus Dynasty" offers a bold new interpretation of the life of Jesus and the origins of Christianity. The story is surprising, controversial, and exciting as only a long-lost history can be when it is at last recovered. In "The Jesus Dynasty," biblical scholar James Tabor brings us closer than ever to the historical Jesus. Jesus, as we know, was the son of Mary, a young woman who became pregnant before her marriage to a man named Joseph. The gospels tell us that Jesus had four brothers and two sisters, all of whom probably had a different father than his. He joined a messianic movement begun by his relative John the Baptizer, whom he regarded as his teacher and a great prophet. John and Jesus together filled the roles of the Two Messiahs who were expected at the time: John, as a priestly descendant of Aaron, and Jesus, as a royal descendant of David. Together they preached the coming of the Kingdom of God. Theirs was an apocalyptic movement that expected God to establish his kingdom on earth, as described by the Prophets. The Two Messiahs lived in a time of turmoil as the historical land of Israel was dominated by the powerful Roman Empire. Fierce Jewish rebellions against Rome occurred during Jesus' lifetime. John and Jesus preached adherence to the Torah, or the Jewish Law. But their mission was changed dramatically when John was arrested and then killed. After a period of uncertainty, Jesus began preaching anew in Galilee and challenged the Roman authorities and their Jewish collaborators in Jerusalem. He appointed a Council of Twelve to rule over the twelvetribes of Israel, and among the Twelve he included his four brothers. After Jesus was crucified by the Romans, his brother James -- the "Beloved Disciple" -- took over leadership of the Jesus dynasty. James, like John and Jesus before him, saw himself as a faithful Jew. None of them believed that their movement was a new religion. It was Paul who transformed Jesus and his message through his ministry to the Gentiles. Breaking with James and the followers of Jesus in Jerusalem, Paul preached a message based on his own revelations, which would become Christianity. Jesus became a figure whose humanity was obscured; John became merely a forerunner of Jesus; and James and the others were all but forgotten. James Tabor has studied the earliest surviving documents of Christianity for more than thirty years and has participated in important archaeological excavations in Israel. Drawing on this background, Tabor reconstructs for us the movement that sought the spiritual, social, and political redemption of the Jews, a movement led by one family. "The Jesus Dynasty" offers an alternative version of Christian origins, one that takes us closer than ever to Jesus and his family and followers. This is a book that will change our understanding of one of the most crucial moments in history. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chris Whitaker | 2/8/2014

    " Good work on the Hebraic roots of the Christian Messiah. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Richard | 2/7/2014

    " I love this book. Tabor has some excellent ideas about the background of the Jesus Movement, and I find them all very insightful and plausible. He backs many of them up well. Tabor's work has recieved alot of critical fallout lately, because some of his ideas are very spurious and quite a streach. Read the book for the information on Jesus' siblings, apostles, and the background of his movement. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tamsin Ramone | 1/12/2014

    " I've read a lot on the history of Jesus and its hard to find information that isn't based on the ignorance of the reader. Tabor does a brilliant job, best book I read in 2011. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rob | 1/10/2014

    " fascinating perspective on the life of Jesus from all views. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jo | 7/1/2013

    " This non-fiction book was a great story of the historical Jesus. I discovered much about the time he lived and the people he loved, but I especially was enthralled with John the Baptist and his influence on Jesus. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mikey | 8/30/2012

    " Very interesting, some interesting theories, but obviously quite a bit of speculation, not too sure how credible it is "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Damon Davis | 3/17/2012

    " unbelievable read. Tabor does a great job gathering and presenting evidence although I disagree with many of the conclusions he derives as a result of the evidence. I would reccomend it to people academically but not the casual Christian believer. It is not a book for lay people. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Andrew Jansen | 1/20/2011

    " Buku ini agak provokatif dan mengguncang keimanan kristen. Tapi terus terang buku ini membawa hal-hal baru yang tidak ketahui dari sejarah kehidupan Yesus Kristus. Karena selama ini praktis sebagian besar informasi yang kita peroleh tentang Yesus berasal dari Kitab Suci "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Melissa LaGue | 10/10/2010

    " Great read. Challenges your thinking a bit, which I like - all the while you learn about archeology from the time of Jesus and get immersed in the culture of the time. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bob Marchiano | 10/30/2009

    " sejarah sama iman memang harus dibedakan! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 David Melbie | 3/24/2008

    " Excellent! I really like this book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Keith Akers | 7/3/2007

    " This is the best known modern historian of Jewish Christianity. He talks about the family of Jesus. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Indranil Sinha | 10/12/2006

    " amazing book ! thorough research ! changes the very concepts on which christianity stands . "

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About the Author

James D. Tabor is chair of the department of religious studies at the University of North Carolina, Charlotte. He is the author of several books, among them The Jesus Dynasty.