• The Jesus Dynasty

  • A New Historical Investigation of Jesus, His Royal Family, and the Birth of Christianity
  • By: James D. Tabor
  • Narrated by: James D. Tabor
  • Length: 5 hrs and 52 mins
  • Abridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 03-28-06
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio
  • 4 out of 5 stars 3.9 (99 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

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 30 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.
©2006 James D. Tabor (P)2006 Simon & Schuster Inc.
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Critic Reviews

"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)
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5 out of 5 stars
By Dan on 08-27-06

Provocative book

This is not historical mumbo-jumo like the "The Da Vinci Code." Tabors clearly works within the academic tradition, relying heavily on historical-critical method, but he is willing to fashion some unique ideas in his vision of who Jesus and his family member were and what they believed. Some of his ideas I don't buy. St. Matthew is one of Jesus' brothers? Maybe not. The ossuary of James is genuine? Doubt it. James is the ambiguous "beloved disciple" of John's gospel? I'm not so sure. But Tabor does much to restore James to his rightful place in the early church and elevate the importance of his letter. Bottom line: The author is unafraid to toss out novel interpretations while using tried and true methods. Try the book if you like the work of Bart Ehrman, Elaine Pagels or John Dominic Crossan.

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7 of 7 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By Nathan on 05-09-08


-As a newcomer to the "historical" Jesus, I found this audio book hard to put down.

-Indeed, the authors' views come from a critical yet respectful reading of the new testament gospels.

-I thought it was well read.

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3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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