Controversial biblical scholar makes startling assertions about life of Jesus
New study promises to become cornerstone of Gospel analysis
NEW YORK – In his recently-released nonfiction book, A Documented Biography of Jesus Before Christianity (published by iUniverse), author Abram Epstein uses critical analysis to reach the New Testament’s historical core in order to provide a “three-dimensional” biographical portrait of Jesus, a feat most New Testament scholars have long-considered impossible.
Offering fresh translations and interpretations, Epstein crosses linguistic hurdles solving millennia-old riddles. In the process, he illuminates the drama of Jesus’ life and death, revealing hitherto unknown episodes which shaped his last 18 months, finally leading to his capture, crucifixion and interment.
“If he were reading today’s typical Gospel commentaries,” Epstein suggests, “Jesus would see them as patchwork caricatures. My study reconstructs Jesus’ life as he would have remembered it, enabling us to appreciate him as a human being.”
Praise for A Documented Biography of Jesus Before Christianity:
“Delightful and provocative! Epstein has constructed a novel portrait of Jesus’ life based on New Testament passages juxtaposed to the Judaism of his time. Applying his own method of interpretation, the author challenges the Gospel account, recovering biographical dimensions of a pre-Christian, humanized Jesus. Joining the tradition of ‘the search for the historical Jesus,’ what results is a readable, provocative thesis.”
– Shaul Magid, Professor of Jewish and Religious Studies, Indiana University
“A Documented Biography of Jesus Before Christianity”
By Abram Epstein
Hardcover | 6 x 9 in | 200 pages | ISBN 9781491775080
Softcover | 6 x 9 in | 200 pages | ISBN 9781491775073
E-Book | 200 pages | ISBN 9781491775066
Available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble
About the Author
Abram Epstein, a New Yorker, has served as Director of Education for several synagogues and actively participated in the Manhattan Educators’ Council. His graduate studies at New York University’s Hagop Kevorkian Center focused on ancient Near Eastern religions and biblical Judaism. He is a recipient of the university’s prestigious Founders’ Award for academic accomplishment and has a screen credit as historical consultant for “The Seventh Sign” starring Demi Moore. His other books include, The Historical Haggadah, and The Matthias Scroll, with a reportedly controversial sequel, A Select Second Edition, scheduled for September release.