1.What is the central thesis (argument) of the book? (10-40 words)Jesus of Nazareth – King of the Jews 

1.What is the central thesis (argument) of the book? (10-40 words)
2. List at least 12 (twelve) sources the author uses to craft her study.
Hint: Writing simply the “Bible” does not count as a source, but writing the “Letters of Paul” is acceptable. That said, be precise.
3. What are the opportunities and challenges of the available historical sources for this sort of study? (100-150)
4. Describe Jewish religious life in Roman antiquity, its features, its spaces, its beliefs. Why is this context important for the author? (200-250 words)
5. Why are apocalyptic beliefs and the Davidic Messiah critically important to this story? (200-250 words)
6. Describe the social and political environment within which John the Baptizer and Jesus of Nazareth were preaching, and why is this important? (100-150 words)
7. What role do the crowds in Jerusalem play in the lead up to the arrest and execution of Jesus of Nazareth? (100-150)
8. Whether or not you agree with the author’s central thesis, why is it important (or not) to understand the historical Jesus? (50-150 words)
These questions need to be answered based off the the book Jesus of Nazareth – King of the Jews by Paula Fredriksen, examples with page numbers need to be used in the answers

Jesus of Nazareth – King of the Jews

The book’s central argument is that Jesus Christ’s crucifixion may be the only undisputable thing we know about him. Rome reserved crucifixion for political insurrectionists, and the charge for him was that Jesus had claimed to be king of the Jews. To craft her study, the author uses sources such as the Letters of Paul, the gospels, the Dead Sea Scrolls, Independent Jewish sources- Josephus’ Histories such as The Jewish War and Jewish Antiquities (Fredriksen, 2000, p. 60), archeological sourcesPharisaic or Essene sources (Fredriksen, 2000, p. 93). In addition to this, the author also used ancient texts such as Natural History by Pliny the elder, contemporary sources, Christian texts such as Ecclesiastical History by Eusebius, and Jewish texts such as Vita Life (Fredriksen, 2000, p. 44). The author also uses selected journals and books whose reconstructions of Jesus and his mission differ sharply from her own. 

When it comes to the opportunities and challenges of the available sources for this study, let us consider the gospels that provided valuable information to the author. As historical sources for Jesus, their status is complicated. First, relative to their subject, they are late (Ross, 2010, p. 20). The Gospels seem to have been composed forty to seventy years after the lifetime of Jesus………….

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